Vw unveils the Polo GTI R-Line and the Passat Exclusive Edition

Article by Christian A., on October 18, 2011

Volkswagen has announced two R-Line packages for the 2010 Polo GTI, which was shown off at the 2010 Geneva Auto Show. These two packages join an Exclusive Edition for the Passat. These R-Line packages will be offered as an option for the Polo Comfortline and the Polo Highline model. One of the packages focuses on the exterior while the other one is composed of upgrades on the interior.

The exterior R-Line package is fitted with a set of 16- or 17-inch wheels with bigger 215-tires, black gloss finish for the front grille, model-specific front and rear bumpers (based on Comfortline or Highline), a rear diffuser, a roof spoiler, chrome exhaust tips, a couple of side skirts, fog lamps and LED license plate illumination.

The Comfortline exterior R-Line package costs about $2,000 based on the current conversion rates while the Highline is priced at slightly less than $1,400. The interior R-Line package is priced at more than $1,175 for the Polo Comfortline. On the other hand, the Highline, which is priced at $620, features two sport seats at the front that could either use Alcantara or leather.

It also features black roof lining, sport leather steering wheel, glossy black dashboard trim and aluminum pedals and door sills. The Passat is available with an Exclusive Edition based on the Highline trim for the sedan that’s priced at $44,700.

The station wagon Variant has a price tag of $46,300. The Exclusive Edition Passat features 18-inch wheels and sits 0.6-inch lower due to a sportier suspension. The Passat comes with Nappa leather seats in a chocolate brown shade with contrast-colored stitching in Pepper White. In addition, the door panels and steering wheel use leather while special floor mats. A combination of wood and aluminum trim is also used as accents.

Volkswagen revealed that the Polo GTI will be making a comeback and this time it will have an output of 132 kW (180 PS). This is due to the TSI 1.4-liter engine equipped with petrol direct injection and that has both turbocharging and supercharging. All of this power generated is transferred to the front wheel through the standard 7-speed DSG. With a weight of 1,184 kilograms, maximum speed is at 229 km/h with acceleration from 0 km/h to 100 km/h in merely 6.9 seconds.

It is also considered as the most fuel efficient GTI with emissions also at its lowest. Combined fuel consumption is at 6.0 liters for every 100 kilometers and CO2 emissions being at 139 g/km. Compare this to the previous model with was powered by the turbo 1.8-liter engine with an output also at 180 PS. Fuel economy was measured at 7.9 liters for every kilometre or CO2 emissions at 188 g/km.

This means that the new model has fuel efficiency that is better by as much as 25%. It is clear that the new Polo GTI lives up to its name given the level of safety and uncompromising engine dynamics combined with superior handling qualities. Similar to other models however, the main theme that is in the Polo GTI is its various high-tech features.

For example, it will be the first Polo to utilize bi-xenon headlights as well as corner marker lights, cornering lights, and daytime running lights that use LED. It even has a panoramic slide/tilt sunroof. Another feature is that it has the electronic transverse differential lock or XDS. With these, the tendency of the vehicle to understeer is lowered and it also results in the handling being enhanced allowing for quick driving especially through curves.

Topics: vw, vw polo, vw passat, r-line

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