There are speculations that Volkswagen’s expansion of its Polo range will include Polo GT and Polo GTD models. These rumors started after the carmaker launched the GTI, its own hot version of the Polo. The Polo GT and Polo GTD are expected to offer the same driving excitement but with improved fuel economy.
According to a recent Es.autoblog article, the GT may come with the 1.4-liter TSI engine, delivering about 150 hp, and a DSG gearbox, similar to the Seat Ibiza FR. This means that the GT will be nearly as powerful as the previous generation GTI.
Meanwhile, the GTD is expected to broaden the range even further, and is expected to feature a 1.6-liter engine that develops about 130 hp. It’s believed that these new models will be launched towards the end of 2011.
At this point, it may too early to expect the company to announce technical details or pricing. But it’s anticipated that the new Polos would be priced higher than €20,000, since the GTI costs nearly €24,000 in Europe.
These models will likely be offered as three-door and five-door versions and will weigh around 1,150 kg.
Acceleration time for the GT from zero to 100 km/h (62 mph) is estimated to be in the low 7-second range. In the press release to announce the hottest Polo version, Luca de Meo, Director of Marketing, Volkswagen Group and the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand, said that its goal is to “inspire young people for Volkswagen brand products – in an international dimension.”
He added that this campaign will give the company the opportunity to have an “intensive dialog” with the customers.