Volkswagen has a brand new Polo coming this year, and is preparing the wildest, quickest and most athletic model ever to top the lineup. Following the MkV Golf GTI, which demonstrated VW could still create astounding performance vehicles when it opened in 2004, the Polo GTI appears ready to be a popular sales hit.
The lead vehicle will come with a host of visual belligerence. It includes all the classic GTI design cues, from the ebony black grill accented in red to the GTI emblem and deep air vents. Trim dashes incorporate tough flared curves, filled by stunning alloy rims. The appearance is rounded off by a fine roof spoiler and bodykit, and the consequence is the most characteristic Polo ever produced so far.
On the inside, the passenger compartment will experience some remarkable boosts in excellence, with the same soft-touch plastics with those in the most current MkVI Golf. However, what will truly make the new vehicle distinguish itself will be its detailing, which consists of figure-hugging sports seats, red piping and pedals in racy aluminum.
The subsequent Polo will be identical in size to the retiring vehicle. But as it shares the diminutive platform of PQ25 that supports the current SEAT Ibiza, more room has been created inside. Utilizing this chassis as a foundation, the engineers of the company will also put in more rigid springs and thicker anti-roll bars, in addition to sophisticated traction and stability control systems.
At its opening, the MkV Golf GTI set the benchmark for contemporary performance VWs, and the Polo GTI targets to have an identical effect. It will merge precise steering and restricted body roll with a acquiescent ride. Rounding off the pack is an upgraded brake set.
The Polo's greatest asset, however, will be its powerplant, a 1.4-liter supercharged and turbocharged 4-cylinder TSI, which will showcase the Ibiza Cupra early this year. This makes the 178bhp and 250Nm of torque in the GTI, and provides an acceleration rate from 0-60mph in about seven seconds and a maximum speed of 140mph.
The way the vehicle's power is channeled will be the reason for a great driving experience. The merger of turbo and supercharging implies that there will be a wide-ranging spread of torque at low engine revolutions, with brawny motivation keeping up all the way to the red line. The powerplant's small capacity will also mean higher economy and lower CO2 emissions.
Numbers of 40 mpg and less than 150g/km are anticipated. Like the Cupra, the GTI gets a 6-speed manual gearbox as regular, with a quick-shifting 7-ratio DSG gearbox a choice. While the current Polo is scheduled to make its world introduction in September at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the GTI won't make an appearance until the early part of 2010. The expected price tag will be around £15,500.