Hot hatches! Sadly, we don’t have many of them in India so we have look at the grass on the other side.
Autocar reports that Volkswagen has approved the VW Polo R project and we could see a production model as early as the 2013 Geneva Motor Show in March.
Currently, the hottest Polo that one can buy is the Polo GTI which has a 1.4L TSFI engine generating 180 horses and delivering it to the front wheels via a 7-speed DSG gearbox.
The VW Polo R will be a huge improvement over the current model.
The VW Polo R will be a road going version of the WRC Polo that will contest in the 2013 WRC season. This is a comprehensive ‘R’ treatment and not the ‘R-Line’ treatment that was given to the Polo in the UK.
If the Polo R Concept was anything to go by, expect a full body kit including a roof spoiler, larger rims and a rear diffuser. It will also have aero and styling parts to produce maximum down force.
It will borrow the EA888 2.0L 4-cylinder TSFI engine from the outgoing Golf GTI. The 225 ponies from the engine will be nailed to the ground by front wheels using a seven-speed DSG gearbox– Yep! no AWD option here, but we do expect a mechanical limited-slip differential to tame the mountain of power and torque.
The VW Polo R will have bigger brakes, quicker steering, sports tuned suspension and beefier tyres. A 0-100km/h sprint should be over in under 6.0 seconds. Top speed should be on the positive side of 240 km/hr.