The Volkswagen Lupo is a 3-door hatchback manufactured by Volkswagen from October 1998 to June 2005. The Lupo was intended to fill the space at the bottom of the Volkswagen model range. Built on the A00 platform, which was a shortened version of the Polo/Ibiza A0 platform, it was initially only available in base E trim, and the more high-end S trim; later, the range expanded to include a Sport and GTI variant. To help keep the engine in top shape, make sure you have a handy Volkswagen Lupo service manual.†
Petrol engines ranged from 1.0 L to 1.4 L (1.6 L for the GTI) with diesel engines from 1.2 L to 1.7 L. The 3 L, along with the FSI and GTI, had a different steel body compared to other Lupos. The vehicle had an automated electrohydraulic manual transmission with a Tiptronic mode on the selector and an automated electro-hydraulic clutch. The car also had an ECO mode.
Originally, there were limited options available on the 3 L, as options added weight, which affected fuel consumption. The Lupo 3 L shared its special gearbox and engine with the Audi A2 1.2 TDI 3 L. The Lupo FSi was Volkswagen's first direct injection, petrol powered production vehicle in their line up. Compared to a conventional engine of similar power, this direct injection engine used approximately 30% less fuel. The GTI could be identified by its fully body colored bumpers and twin central exhausts. A 6-speed gearbox was added in 2002 and provided an improved throttle response.†
Although the Lupu is no longer in production, that doesnít mean you canít find them on the road. And if you ever find yourself having to work on one of these vehicles, having a Volkswagen Lupo repair manual can make the job go more smoothly.