Currently reading: Volkswagen shows off go-faster Polo GTI
Revised hot supermini gets a power hike to 189bhp and 236lb ft and is now available with a six-speed manual gearbox
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2 October 2014

Volkswagen has displayed its updated version of the Polo GTI, which features more power and a manual transmission, at the Paris motor show.

The hottest model in the newly facelifted Polo model eschews the turbocharged 1.4-litre four-cylinder direct injection petrol engine of its direct predecessor in favour of a more powerful turbocharged 1.8-litre four-cylinder direct injection unit from the Audi-developed EA888 engine family.

The adoption of the new engine sees power increase by 11bhp, rising from an earlier 178bhp to 189bhp. It also brings an additional 56lb ft of torque, which has increased from a previous 184lb ft to 236lb ft.

In a further change, Volkswagen now offers the Polo GTI with a standard six-speed manual gearbox. The previous model was sold exclusively with a seven-speed dual shift gearbox – a unit that now comes as an option.

In line with other Polo models, it also offers the choice of ‘Sport-Select’ suspension featuring adaptive damping control.

Volkswagen is yet to quote a weight figure for its new go-fast Polo, but official performance figures point to a considerable 0.7sec reduction in the 0-62mph time at 6.7sec, along with a 5mph increase in top speed at 147mph.

The range-topping Polo GTI is differentiated from other Polo models by uniquely styled bumpers, red GTI badges, widened sills underneath the doors and a subtle tailgate spoiler.

Inside, it receives a sports steering wheel, unique instrument graphics and contoured sport seats similar in style to those seen in the front cabin of the larger Golf GTI.

The new model goes on sale this month but official pricing has yet to be confirmed.

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New Polo GTI is powered by a 189bhp 1.8-litre turbocharged four-cylinder motor

A new engine and gearbox make for a much improved small GTI - but is it a match for some stellar rivals?

17 September 2014
.... that Skoda would put this engine etc in a vRS version of the new Fabia as a cheaper, more practical alternative to the Polo. Having made the whole Fabia range more attractive and simply a better car overall, why won't they go the whole way and give us a new vRS as well. They risk losing this customer for one ......

18 September 2014
As it is smaller. it's probably the same size as the earlier Golf GTi mk2 and also shares same engine size, 1800cc . If they can make the handling more fun than the last Polo then it will be a better bet.

Cost though?

Also good they junked that 1.4 which was overly complicated.


18 September 2014
So it looks like the Twincharger, with a reputation for finicky operating, is soon to be no more - it dived the wrong side of the complexity vs reliability curve. Then again, the previous 1.8 lump seemed to have its own issues as well. Will the Polo chassis handle it well, I wonder?

18 September 2014
If VW had made this before Ford and Peugeot produced their fast Fiesta and 208 it might have been the car to beat. But now i suspect its going to have to be very special to better those 2, and it will probably end up an expensive also-ran. However more choice is a good thing

18 September 2014
Good to see that Volkswagen has finally solved the main issue with the 6R Polo GTI - the powertrain. The twin-charged engine had a horrible reputation for excessive oil consumption, and then there's the reliability issues with the mechatronics on the DSG 'box.

Going to need to be priced carefully; too much and it'll start to slip towards Audi S1 territory.

18 September 2014
...common sense prevails. No more twincharger and no more DSG.

18 September 2014
No No No, bring back the ethos of the original Vrs, a nice strong diesel. Barnstorming mid range / overtaking capability and huge economy, is what it was all about. As I have previously hinted at maybe they should do a pokey version of the 1.6tdi say 130bhp.

Now they have dropped the much fabled twincharger and DSG what will there be to moan about (other than price)..... DSG will still be an option but surely not 7 speed with that much torque ?

18 September 2014
Dare i say this?,ok i will,is this the real GTI?,close in size to original Golf GTi.

18 September 2014
Used to get alot of stick on this website when I poo-pooed the 1.4 twincharger but at last VW are seeing sense and slowly dropping it. Now if only they put a 1.8t in the Golf and sell it for £2000 less than the GTI.

18 September 2014
I'm assuming that this is the same 1.8TSI available in the Seat Leon?


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