The new Volkswagen Polo GTI was unveiled at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show. Power comes from a 1.4 TSI unit kicking out 132kW (180hp).

Volkswagen released details of the new Polo GTI during its unveiling at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show. Said to be the safest and most economical Polo GTI ever, this pocket rocket comes fitted with ESP, ABS, anti-slip regulation (ASR), front passenger airbags, head-thorax side airbags and the Golf GTI's XDS system aimed at reducing understeering for improved handling.

Instead of a 1.8 TSI or 2.0 TSI, VW used the smaller twincharged 1.4 TSI to extract power. It makes a good 132kW (180 PS / 178 hp) at a dizzy 6200rpm while maximum torque is 249Nm (184 lb-ft) between 2,000rpm and 4,500rpm. The standard transmission is a 7-speed double-clutch which transfers power to the front wheels. Gear changes can be made through the actual gear lever or via shift paddles behind the steering wheel. VW says the 1,194kg (2,632 lbs) Polo GTI accelerates from 0 - 100km/h in 6.9 seconds to reach a top end of 229km/h (142 mph). Average fuel consumption is 5.9 litres per 100km (47.8 mpg imp / 39.8 mpg US) and C02 emissions are quoted at 139g/km.

Engineers used the McPherson front suspension and semi-independent rear suspension combination. They also lowered the ride height by 15 millimetres compared to the normal Polo range. Wheels used are 5-lug 7Jx17 with 215/40 R17 87V tyres stuck around them.

Features (some of which are optional) include LED daytime running lights, corner marker lights, cornering lights, bi-xenon headlights, an electrically operated panoramic tilt/slide sunroof and dual chrome tailpipes. A three-spoke leather-covered steering wheel greets the driver while other sporty items include brushed chrome door handles and the parking brake.

The all-new Polo GTI will be available in 3 or 5-door configurations, depending on the market. Sales start in Germany this May and then to Europe and Japan.

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