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Hot Polo gets styling to match the Golf GTI's; 177bhp from its 1.4-litre engine; exclusive pics
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2 March 2010

This is Volkswagen’s new Polo GTI, styled to look like a small Golf GTI and offering 177bhp from its 1.4-litre Twincharger engine plus the lowest kerb weight in its class.

The new car uses a drivetrain similar to the one employed by the Seat Ibiza Cupra. The same combination of engine and gearbox will also be used in the Audi A1 and forthcoming Skoda Fabia vRS.

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In the Polo, the engine’s 177bhp is produced at 6200rpm, with 184lb ft of torque available from 2000rpm. With a kerb weight of 1184kg, the Polo will reach 62mph in 6.9sec, and go on to hit a top speed of 141mph. The transmission is a seven-speed DSG, with an electronic differential on the front axle.

The GTI’s suspension is 15mm lower all round than that of the standard Polo, and it gets its own springs and dampers.

The styling echoes that of the bigger Golf GTI. The Polo’s nose features the same honeycomb grille and red trim, the standard 17-inch alloys are identical in design, and the Polo also gets the Golf’s checked seat cloth and flat-bottomed wheel.

Expect the Polo GTI to cost around £18,000 for the three-door variant; a five-door model will also be available. It goes on sale in August.

Dan Stevens

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david RS 24 February 2010

Re: VW Polo GTI: full details + pics

Now it's up to the Golf to be like the Polo.


catnip 24 February 2010

Re: VW Polo GTI: full details + pics

The more I think about this the more I wonder why VW want to make this so much a Golf GTI clone. I know the Polo is very much like the Golf now, but, as someone hinted at earlier, this will always be the poor relation. Maybe they shouldn't go with the tartan seat trim, the red grille stripes and the look-alike alloys and come up with some different Polo-unique detailing, so that it stands out as a sports hatch in its own right.

BriMarsh 24 February 2010

Re: VW Polo GTI: full details + pics

tonym911 wrote:
The good thing about turbos is they should run indefinitely if you adopt certain practices like keeping the oil clean and keeping the engine running before switchoff (after using the turbo).

Agreed, which is fine if you buy new; not so if like most you have no idea how the previous owner used it. From my involvement with the forum of a turbo-charged car I used to own, I reckon given the normal mix of owners (good, bad & indifferent), a turbo won't do more than 100,000 miles.

Still, a recon turbo is still a damn sight cheaper than a set of new injectors for a common rail diesel!

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