• Apr 4, 2006


VW continues its new model push with a performance version of its Polo. The company borrowed heavily from the Golf GTI to come up with its new Polo supermini, which hits selected markets this spring, after having debuted at the Tokyo Motor Show in late 2005.

A significant step up from the last Polo GTI, which delivered 125 hp, the new GTI model pumps out 150 hp, good for 0-62 mph in 8.2 seconds.

The baby GTI is powered by a turbocharged and intercooled 1.8-liter, 5-valve per cylinder, four cylinder engine. Other performance upgrades include 16-inch alloys sporting 205/45 rubber, and a lowered suspension with standard ESP. Oh, yes, and red brake calipers, too! More pics after the jump.

[Source: Volkswagen]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      This current Polo is bigger than the Golf I; it's actually between Golf II and III in many dimensions. Car inflation is insidious. I read in German magazine that VW is planning a smaller and cheaper "Jetta" for the NA market based on Golf IV platform. The new multi-link rear suspension in the new Golf/Jetta costs $500 more than the previous, and that is hurting profitability in the very price competitive NA market.
      • 8 Years Ago
      With the Honda Fit, Nissan Versa, Toyota Yaris coming over to the US why oh why doesn't VW bring over the Polo?

      More importantly why don't they also bring over this Polo GTI! Personally I would want something a little bigger, but I can see this pocket rocket selling well. Please improve the quality control and VW could have a winning lineup.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Hehehe, i'm in Australia and i just bought a Polo GTi last week =] (first market for the Polo GTi to be released). It doesn't go quite as hard as a Renault Clio Sport, but it's much more versatile and the exhaust isn't as loud as the Clio, so you can still hear the music and the turbo as it spools up. I'm lookin forward to chipping the car- just for a moderate boost in the output. But as is, it's got a huge amoutt of grunt from down low in the rev range so you don't need to downshift to overtake on the freeway. I love it.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Yes, it bothers to see Europeans and even Latin Americans getting all these fine vehicles and here we are, just being offered what Big Brother decides what's good for us.

      Good thing it's changing though, judging by what we are seeing now (the Yaris, Versa, and the Fit.)

      • 8 Years Ago
      I hate car companies that specifically *dumb* down a product (or don't offer it) b/c it may cannabalise their other sales. VW's HORRIBLE at this, and one reason why I'll probably never buy one of their cars. They won't bring over the MkV Golf, they detune the Polo GTI so that it's not faster than the normal GTI, then they don't even bring it over here. Ford refuses to bring over the new Focus on account of it eating into Mazda sales as well as its current Focus.

      • 8 Years Ago
      I'd prefer the Polo to a Golf, myself.

      I just got back from a trip to Mexico and they were running Polos and Lupos down there, as well as Brazilian-made Pointers. I saw Renault Meganes, Nissan Micras and Peugeot 207s as well. If they can get these vehicles into Mexico it wouldn't be hard to import them here as well...

      Damn, others have all the fun!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Sharp little car, but that pig nosed grille filled with black plastic just reads cheap.
      • 8 Years Ago
      This looks exactly like the 1.8T that's been in the VW's and Audi's. So with a bit of tuning, ala chipping, expect and easy 200hp.

      It would be great if they brought it into US and Canada.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Hey VW of America...
      Bring this in, name it the Rabbit and keep it affordible=make a lot of early vw enthusiasts happy.
      • 8 Years Ago
      That power output is dismal considering the dimensions of the engine. I bet they cranked down the boost to keep it socially acceptable. I'm thinking this may be a great candidate for big power increases via chipping.

      Sounds like the only competition for my MINI Cooper S. They should bring it on!
      • 8 Years Ago
      The Golf, Civic, Focus, etc. have gotten so large it's no surprise that we're now seeing an increasing number of smaller cars. Even a Honda Fit weighs about 2,500 pounds, though.

      Hopefully VW hooks onto this trend by finally offering the Polo here. I'm a member of the "smaller is better" crowd. Yes, you can easily fit three kids in the back of a Mazda Protege5.

      The engine sounds like the same one offered here not long ago. Very easy to boost well over 200 horsepower with just a chip, from what I understand.
      • 8 Years Ago
      And I'm not in possession of one of these....why?

      Oh, right.
      All the cars I want are in Europe, and I'm in the US.
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