Volkswagen hasn’t ruled out building a four-wheel drive Polo as a tie-in with its assault on the World Rally Championship.

The manufacturer recently revealed the VW Polo R WRC, a 151mph front-wheel drive supermini. The appearance of the car so soon into VW’s three-year WRC programme sparked speculation that more rally spin-offs could follow.

Head of R&D Ulrich Hackenberg said VW wanted to use rallying to forge an ‘emotional link’ with its customers: “There could be some customer interest, so I think four-wheel drive could be great for some countries. There are no plans [at the moment], but I could imagine it.”

The PQ25 platform that underpins the Polo has already spawned the all-wheel drive Audi A1 quattro.