We have the first pictures and details of the all-new Volkswagen Polo GTI, set for a Geneva debut. The story inside.
The first photos and details have been released of the new 2011 Volkswagen Polo GTI. The fifth generation hot hatch will appear as both a three- and five-door when it gets its official unveiling in Geneva next month.
Engineers used both the twin-charged 1.4-liter TSI engine and seven-speed DSG transmission from the Seat Ibiza Cupra. With steering-wheel mounted paddle shifters on the GTI, like the Spanish car, the engine utilizes a supercharger from idle to 3,000 rpm at which point the turbocharger kicks in providing 180 PS (132 kW / 178 hp) at 6,200 rpm and 184 lbs ft (249 Nm) of torque from 2,000 rpm.
0-62 mph arrives in 6.9 seconds with a top speed of 142mph (229 km/h). Ride height has been dropped by 15mm, so the 17-inch wheels will look a bit snug. Stiffer springs make the suspension tighter and the car will feature the same XDS differential as the Cupra, which electronically replicates a limited slip diff.
Like the Golf GTI, the Polo GTI has a black honeycomb grille ringed in red, dual tailpipes, flat-bottom steering wheel, and plaid cloth. To be fair, the Polo's tailpipes are conjoined on the left side, instead of on opposite sides. This car looks to also make use of LED daytime lights.
We know many of you have been waiting for this car for quite some time. The question is, with the mild styling, similar Golf GTI features in and out, and near-identical specs to the Ibiza Cupra, did VW miss the mark?
Leave a comment below, and let us know if you would spend £18,000 on this car when it hits the British market in August.