The final production form of the Volkswagen Polo R will be unveiled this March at the Geneva Motor Show, according to R&D chief Ulrich Hackenberg. The new 225bhp hot hatch will be launched together with VW’s entry into the World Rally Championship next year. A tuned version of the Mk6 Golf GTI’s 2.0-litre turbo engine will power the Polo R, which was first previewed as the WRC Street concept at the GTI Treffen festival in Austria in 2011.
The new model will only be available as front-wheel drive but will be available with a mechanical limited-slip differential. A 0-62mph acceleration time of around 6.0sec was mooted, together with a top speed of 150mph.
Hackenberg said that a Polo R was not included in the original launch schedule of the supermini, according to Autocar. However, VW’s rally engineers sought to build a road car to aid in promoting the rally car.
After having realized the WRC Street concept, its executives felt they had to closely link the road and rally car programs. Hackenberg said that a Golf R model is also being developed and is likely to arrive in 2013-2014.
He shared that it will be powered by a “good, powerful 2.0-litre engine.” It will probably use a 276bhp version of the Mk7 Golf GTI’s new 2.0-litre turbo unit.
New VW Polo now delivers a mature impression – in contrast to its “cute” rivals in the supermini class – thanks to the new design genes as penned by Walter de Silva. With its new design featuring Volkswagen’s new distinctive family face, the new VW Polo has become a purposeful car that could accommodate up to five occupants and their luggage.
With dimensions of 3,970 mm in length and 1,682 mm in width, the new VW Polo is around 54 mm longer and 32 mm wider than its predecessor. With this, the new VW Polo could carry between 280 liters and 952 liters of cargo. Since the new VW Polo is lower than the previous model by 12 mm (to 1,453 mm), it now features a more dynamic stance, with its design marked by sharp yet precise lines.
In designing the new VW Polo, de Silva adopted the phrase "La Semplicità" (meaning "the simplicity") as the battle-cry while penning the design. However, being simple -- as the "La Semplicità" dictates -- doesn’t mean that the new VW has lesser features to boot. In fact, the new Polo has more. According to de Silva, design and styling are continued to be guided by elegance and emotionality as well as sportiness and dynamics. He added that pursuing simplicity, designers should be able to express their intentions while speaking to those of the observer.
All of these elements stem from single source of inspiration, which is how the Volkswagen brand sees itself, including history and its values. De Silva noted that some design elements have evolved just like the VW brand.