Volkswagen has unveiled the production version of the Polo R WRC – the fastest-ever Polo with a 151mph, 217bhp record. Its assembly is tied in with the entry of Volkswagen into the 2013 World Rally Championship. The Polo R WRC has its official unveiling at the launch of the rally team in Monte Carlo.
Last May, the Polo WRC Street concept had previewed the Volkswagen Polo R WRC at the VW Group-organised GTI Treffen event in Worthersee, Austria.
There were nearly no changes done to the production, which is still the same high-performance, front-wheel drive hatch as the concept. The turbocharged 2.0 TSI four-pot petrol engine used by the Golf GTI is used for the fifth-generation Polo platform. The powerplant used in the hottest-ever Volkswagen Polo delivers 217bhp at 4500-6300rpm and 258lb ft of torque between 2500-4400rpm.
It’s reported that the car has a kerb weight of 1324kg. According to EC measurements, that figure is inclusive of a driver with a weight of 68kg, 7kg of luggage and a 90% full fuel tank. However, Volkswagen’s development boss Ulrich Hackenberg, who drove the car during the hot weather tests in South America, revealed that the Polo R WRC utilized some lightweight materials that are rally-inspired.
Hackenberg also sought to emphasize the relationship between the road and rally Polos and confirmed that the Polo R WRC was assembled to aid with the homologation of the rally machine. The competition Polo is designed to follow the road car version in major areas.
The Polo R WRC uses a short-shift six-speed manual gearbox, enabling it to accelerate from zero to 62mph in 6.4secs and reach a top speed of 151mph. The Polo R WRC is expected to have a better performance than its hot supermini rivals, like the upcoming Ford Fiesta ST and the Renaultsport Clio, which leads its class.