Exclusively for the ADAC Tourenwagen Junior Cup series, the VW up! GTI is a thoroughbred Cup vehicle whose technical key data make it unique in an international comparison.

Developed and homologated according to our own Junior Cup regulations, the vehicle is unrivaled in terms of equipment and engineering and closes the large gap between karting and professional touring car and GT racing in Germany with a first-class and cost-effective training device.

The VW up! GTI Cup was first created as a prototype after a development phase of around one year and completed its rollout in 2019. In order to simulate the mileage of several years of use, the first test and development program included test bench runs and more than 4,000 kilometers on national and international racetracks. A value that also corresponds to the customer sports cars of other manufacturers.


Close cooperation with our engineering partners ensures the best possible development of all cup-specific components and will continue to help the vehicle meet all the demands of everyday racing.

In its second year of operation, the car was refined with sensible modifications, and a limited-slip differential has been providing professional propulsion since the 2022 season, which not only makes the car around 3 seconds faster but above all improves drivability and turn-in behavior. Since then, even closer duels, less tire wear and "more race car" have ensured an even higher standard.

A new front axle will be fitted to all vehicles in 2024. The CNC-milled aluminum wheel bearing housings now have a new and optimized geometry, large wheel bearings and new wheel hubs. An update that increases ease of maintenance and further reduces maintenance costs.