Volkswagen has introduced the WRC version of the Polo R in Monaco last weekend. Rally debut in January.

Volkswagen has introduced the WRC version of the Polo R in Monaco last weekend.

Developed in collaboration with Carlos Sainz, Volkswagen needed more than 17 months for its rally-ready Polo. Under the hood it has a 4-cylinder, 1.6-liter TSI engine producing 300 hp (224 kW) connected to a 6-speed sequential gearbox.

The tailgate, doors and wheel arch extensions are manufactured from carbon-Kevlar, helping the Polo R WRC tip the scales at only 1,200 kg (2,645 lbs). The car is 138mm wider than the production version, with a total width of 1,820mm.

Several other weight-saving measures can be found inside the cabin where the dashboard has been entirely stripped, while the seats have been moved back to improve the car's weight distribution.

Be part of something big