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.