Matt Robinson profile picture Matt Robinson 4 years ago

Mk2 VW Golf GTI Takes On Up GTI In Weirdly Relaxing Drag Race

The Mk2 Golf GTI and the much newer Up GTI have roughly the same power output, but which will come out on top in a drag race?

Remind me later

Over the last few months, we’ve seen Car Wow drag race a massive variety of fast cars. There have been hot hatch battles, supercar showdowns, and even a face-off featuring two hilariously powerful limos.

The latest effort is a little less dramatic, however. In fact, it is - in a way - quite a relaxing race to watch. In one corner we have the VW Up GTI and in the other an eight-valve Mk2 Golf GTI. And the reason for the pairing simple: they have around the same power output.

Mk2 VW Golf GTI Takes On Up GTI In Weirdly Relaxing Drag Race - Euro

The difference is the Up GTI uses a much smaller engine - a 1.0-litre inline-three turbo versus the Golf’s naturally-aspirated 1.8-litre inline-four. The Up is slightly heavier, but it has time on its side - it’s likely a few of the Golf’s horses will have cantered away over its considerably longer life.

Have a watch of the video above, then let us know in the comments whether or not it went the way you were expecting!