Volkswagen unveils the production version of the Polo R WRC

Article by Christian A., on December 11, 2012

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.

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.

With Walter de Silva’s new design definition, this Volkswagen Polo makes an impression, unlike other cars that fall in the alleged A0 or supermini class, of being mature, not cute.

New Volkswagen Polo showcases Volkswagen’s new family face

Instead, the Polo, with its distinct new family face, is a purposeful and striking vehicle that, at just 3,970 mm long (+54 mm compared to prior model) and 1,682 mm wide (+32 mm), provides enough space for up to five people with a big room for luggage (280 to 952 L).

The car is generously wider while managing to be not that high (-13 to 1,453 mm), giving the Volkswagen Polo a more energetic stance and forceful look. The style itself is characterised by clear, accurate lines with no style tricks that immediately fade from popularity; because ultimately, less will always be more, and the constantly high Volkswagen resale values withstand time, proving this.

Walter de Silva's creative touch in a style of "Semplicità"

Walter de Silva avere "La Semplicità" (the simplicity) is the basis of his philosophy. "La Semplicità" by no means refers to diminished features. Just the opposite is true. Walter de Silva stated that sophistication and feeling, athleticism and energy, remain as guides to designing and style. To pursue clarity and simplicity, a person has to consider very carefully how to articulate the designers’ intents when addressing those belonging to the observer.

Topics: vw, vw polo, wrc

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