Volkswagen Lupo

The Volkswagen Lupo is a city car produced by the German car manufacturer Volkswagen, from October 1998 to June 2005.[2]

Volkswagen Lupo
Also calledSEAT Arosa
Production1998–2005 [1][2]
Body and chassis
ClassCity car (A)
Body style3-door hatchback
LayoutFront-engine, front-wheel-drive
PlatformVolkswagen Group A00 platform
RelatedSEAT Arosa
Transmission5-speed manual
6-speed manual
5-speed automated manual
4-speed automatic
Wheelbase2,318 mm (91.3 in)
Length3,524 mm (138.7 in)
Width1,640 mm (64.6 in)
Height1,457 mm (57.4 in)
Curb weight975 kg (2,150 lb)
SuccessorVolkswagen Fox


Model history

The Lupo was introduced in October 1998, to fill a gap at the bottom of the Volkswagen model range caused by the increasing size and weight of the Polo. The right hand drive version for the United Kingdom was launched in the spring of 1999. The 1998 Lupo was a badge engineered version of the stablemate, the 1997 SEAT Arosa.

Both use the A00 platform which is a shortened version of the Polo/Ibiza A0 platform. Initially only available in two trim variants, the budget E trim and the upgraded S trim; the range later expanded to include a Sport and GTI variant.

Petrol engines ranged from 1.0 to 1.4 (1.6 for the GTI) with diesels from 1.2 to 1.7. The differences between the E and S trim included painted door mirrors, door handles and strip, central locking, electric windows, double folding seats and opening rear windows.

Production of the Lupo was discontinued in June 2005,[2] and was replaced by the Fox. The Lupo name is Latin, meaning wolf, and is named after its home town of Wolfsburg.[3]

Due to the decision taken by Volkswagen, to use the Fox instead of developing any genuine replacement for the Lupo[clarification needed], resulted in SEAT being unable to produce their own version, resulting in the end of production of the Arosa in June 2004.[4]


  • Length: 3,530 mm (139.0 in)
  • Width: 1,803 mm (71.0 in) (with mirrors)
  • Height: 1,447 mm (57.0 in)
  • Luggage capacity (rear seats up): 130 litres, (rear seats down) 833 litres
  • Weight: 890–1,015 kg (1,962–2,238 lb)


Name Volume Type Output Torque 0–100 km/h (0-62 mph) Top speed Years
Petrol engines
1.0 8v 997 cc (61 cu in) 4 cyl. 50 PS (37 kW; 49 hp) at 5000 rpm 84 N⋅m (62 lb⋅ft) at 2750 rpm 18.0 s 152 km/h (94 mph) 1998–2000
1.0 8v 999 cc (61 cu in) 4 cyl 50 PS (37 kW; 49 hp) at 5000 rpm 86 N⋅m (63 lb⋅ft) at 3000–3600 rpm 17.7 s 152 km/h (94 mph) 1998–2005
1.4 8v 1,390 cc (85 cu in) 4 cyl. 60 PS (44 kW; 59 hp) at 4700 rpm 116 N⋅m (86 lb⋅ft) at 3000 rpm 14.3 s 160 km/h (99 mph) 2000–2005
1.4 16v 1,390 cc (85 cu in) 4 cyl. 75 PS (55 kW; 74 hp) at 5000 rpm 126 N⋅m (93 lb⋅ft) at 3800 rpm 12.0 s 172 km/h (107 mph) 1998–2005
1.4 16v Sport 1,390 cc (85 cu in) 4 cyl. 100 PS (74 kW; 99 hp) at 6000 rpm 126 N⋅m (93 lb⋅ft) at 4400 rpm 10.0 s 188 km/h (117 mph) 1999–2005
1.4 16v FSI 1,390 cc (85 cu in) 4 cyl. 105 PS (77 kW; 104 hp) at 6200 rpm 130 N⋅m (96 lb⋅ft) at 4250 rpm 10.0 s 199 km/h (124 mph) 2000–2003
1.6 16v GTI 1,598 cc (98 cu in) 4 cyl. 125 PS (92 kW; 123 hp) at 6500 rpm 152 N⋅m (112 lb⋅ft) at 3000 rpm 7.8 s 205 km/h (127 mph) 2000–2005
Diesel engines
1.2 TDI 1,191 cc (73 cu in) 3 cyl. 61 PS (45 kW; 60 hp) at 4000 rpm 140 N⋅m (103 lb⋅ft) at 1800–2400 rpm 14.5 s 165 km/h (103 mph) 1999–2005
1.4 TDI 1,422 cc (87 cu in) 3 cyl. 75 PS (55 kW; 74 hp) at 4000 rpm 195 N⋅m (144 lb⋅ft) at 2200 rpm 12.3 s 170 km/h (106 mph) 1999–2005
1.7 SDI 1,716 cc (105 cu in) 4 cyl. 60 PS (44 kW; 59 hp) at 4200 rpm 115 N⋅m (85 lb⋅ft) at 2200–3000 rpm 16.8 s 157 km/h (98 mph) 1998–2005


Lupo 3L

Volkswagen Lupo 3L

The Lupo 3L was a special edition made with the intent of being the world's first car in series production consuming as little as 3 litres of fuel per 100 kilometres (79 miles per US gallon or 94 miles per Imperial gallon).[citation needed] To achieve this, the 3L was significantly changed from the standard Lupo to include:

  • 1.2 litre three cylinder diesel engine with turbocharger and direct injection
  • Use of light weight aluminum and magnesium alloys for doors, bonnet (hood), rear hatch, seat frames, engine block, wheels, suspension system etc. to achieve a weight of only 830 kg (1,830 lb)
  • Tiptronic gearbox
  • Engine start/stop automatic to avoid long idling periods
  • Low rolling resistance tires
  • Automated manual transmission and clutch, to optimise fuel consumption, with a Tiptronic mode for the gearbox
  • Changed aerodynamics, so a \({\displaystyle \mathbf {c} _{\mathrm {w} }\,}\) value of 0.29 was achieved

The 3L, along with the GTI and FSI, had a completely different steel body to other Lupos, using thinner but stronger steel sheet. The car had an automated manual transmission with a Tiptronic mode on the selector and electro-hydraulic actuation system for the clutch and shifting. The car also had an ECO mode. When engaged it limited the power to 41 bhp (31 kW; 42 PS) (excluding kick down) and programmed the transmission to change up at the most economical point.

ECO mode also activated the start/stop function, a feature that was new to European cars at the time.

To restart, the driver simply takes his foot off the brake and presses the accelerator. In ECO mode, the clutch was disengaged when the accelerator pedal was released for maximum economy, so the car freewheels as much as possible, with the clutch re engaging as soon as the accelerator pedal or brake pedal is touched. The 3L also has only four-wheel bolts and alloy brake drums at the rear, along with many aluminium suspension components.

Initially, there were very few options on the 3L, as options added weight which affected fuel consumption. Those available initially were electrically heated and electrically controlled mirrors, fog lights, and different paint colours. In order to increase sales, other options were offered, including all electric steering, electric windows, and air conditioning.

These options, however, increased fuel consumption slightly. In July 2001, a Japanese economy driver, Dr. Miyano, used it to set a new world record for the most frugal circumnavigation of Britain in a standard diesel production car, with an average fuel economy figure of 119.48 mpg or 2.36 L/100 km.

In November 2003, Gerhard Plattner covered a distance of 2,910 miles through twenty European countries in a standard Lupo 3L TDI. He achieved his aim of completing this journey, which started in Oslo, Norway, and finished in The Hague in the Netherlands, with just €100 worth of fuel. In fact, all he required was 90.94 euros, which corresponds to an average consumption of 2.78 litres per 100 km (101.6 mpg).[5]

The Lupo 3L shared its engine and special gearbox with the Audi A2 1.2 TDI 3L. As a result of this and other changes, this Audi A2 is also capable of reaching the same results as the Lupo 3L.[citation needed] According to the instruction manual of the Lupo 3L, the 3L engine also runs on Rapeseed Methyl Ester (RME) without any changes to the engine.

During the period of series production of the Lupo 3L, Volkswagen also presented the 1L Concept, a prototype made with the objective of proving the capability of producing a roadworthy vehicle consuming only 1 litre of fuel per 100 kilometres (235 miles per US gallon).

Lupo FSi

The Lupo FSi was the first direct injection petrol powered production vehicle Volkswagen produced. A 5L/100 km 1.4 16v petrol version of the Lupo 3L with an average consumption of 4.9L/100 km. This direct injection engine next to a conventional engine with similar power uses around 30% less fuel. It had a similar automated gearbox to the 3L but with different gear ratios.

Outwardly, it was almost identical to a 3L but with a different front grill, slightly wider wheels with a different design and lacked the magnesium steering wheel and rear bumper of the 3L. Early 3L and FSi models had aluminium tailgates which were lighter and more aerodynamic than their standard Lupo counterparts. Early FSi models also had a unique spoiler while later ones without the aluminium tailgates were fitted with the same spoiler as the Lupo GTI. The FSi was only sold in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Lupo GTI

2001 Volkswagen Lupo GTI

The 1.6 L Lupo GTI, introduced for the model year of 2000, has been labelled a true successor to the Volkswagen Golf Mk1, one of the first true hot hatches.[citation needed] The GTI can be identified by its fully body coloured bumpers and twin central exhausts. In March 2002, a six speed gearbox was added, together with improved throttle response, and was suggested as a competitor to the Mini Cooper, or the larger Volkswagen Polo GTI.[6]

The GTI features much more standard equipment which was not available on any other in the Lupo range, including bi xenon headlights, 15 inch Bathurst alloy wheels and an off black interior. With a DOHC sixteen valve four cylinder engine producing 125 PS (92 kW), the GTI had a top speed of 127 mph (204 km/h) and could accelerate 0 to 60 mph in 7.8 seconds.


  • Hans-Rüdiger Etzold (2012). So wird's gemacht: VW Lupo/SEAT Arosa 1997–2005 (in German) (7th ed.). Delius Klasing Verlag. ISBN 978-3-7688-1182-8.


  1. ^ Between 1998 and 2006; from 2001, the 3L, GTI models only.
  2. ^ Between 2001 and 2006; except 3L, GTI models.


  1. ^ "VW Lupo" . Retrieved 23 May 2015.
  2. ^ a b c * Bernd Wiersch (2012). Volkswagen Typenkunde 1994 bis 2005 (in German). Delius Klasing Verlag. p. 121. ISBN 978-3-7688-3421-6. Als einziges Lupo-Modell wurde der FSI in diesem Jahr (2003, editor) eingestellt. Die Produktion der übrigen Modelle lief bis 2005 weiter.
  3. ^ "Auto Express February 2003" . 2003-02-04. Retrieved 2011-09-05.
  4. ^ "Seat calls time on Arosa" . Autocar. 29 June 2004. Retrieved 13 August 2020.
  5. ^ Jamie Vondruska (2 December 2003). "Lupo 3L Once Again Enters Guiness Book of World Records" . Retrieved 4 October 2016.
  6. ^ "Evo March 2002" . 2002-03-07. Retrieved 2011-09-05.

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