• Feb 17th 2010 at 2:58PM
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Volkswagen's taken the wraps off its all-new Polo GTI ahead of its official debut at the Geneva Motor Show, and while the hotted up hatch appears to be a scaled down version of its Golf brethren, it's more devoted to the original GTI's ethos than its larger sibling.

Sharing an engine with the SEAT Ibiza Cupra, the Polo GTI packs a 178 horsepower and 184 pound-foot punch from its turbo- and supercharged 1.4-liter gasoline-powered four. VW's XDS differential receives power from a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox, allowing the GTI to scoot to 60 in 6.9 seconds and on to a top speed of 163 mph.

Pricing hasn't been set for the European market yet, but expect the GTI to carry a £18,000 sticker when it arrives in August. And if VW decides to pull the trigger and bring the Polo to the U.S., here's hoping the GTI can sneak on board the ship. Press release after the jump.


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FAST, CLEAN AND SHARPER THAN EVER: NEW POLO GTI UNVEILED

The new Polo GTI has been unveiled, promising to be the fastest, most focussed and cleanest performance Polo yet produced.

The original performance variant of the Polo was unveiled in 1986 in the form of the G40 Coupé - a car that mixed a fast-revving, 113 PS, supercharged engine with a low kerbweight and sharpened responses.

Fast forward 24 years and the new Polo GTI bears similarities with the G40. At its heart is a 1.4-litre TSI engine that uses a supercharger from idle through to 3,000 rpm at which point the turbocharger cuts in to provide boost. The result is an output of 180 PS at 6,200 rpm and 184 lbs ft of torque from 2,000 rpm which, when aligned with a 1,184 kg kerbweight, allows the Polo GTI to accelerate from rest to 62 mph in 6.9 seconds before reaching a top speed of 142 mph.

Despite a keen focus on performance, the new Polo GTI is capable of delivering 47 mpg on the combined cycle while emitting just 139 g/km of CO2.

The TSI engine is linked to a compact seven-speed, twin-clutch DSG gearbox that channels drive through the front axle. In addition, the Polo GTI is fitted with the XDS differential, an electronic cross-axle traction control system for improved traction and handling. The XDS system is a functional extension of the electronic limited slip differential (EDL) which is a part of the standard ESP system.

In order to sharpen responses, the Polo GTI is fitted with new springs and dampers which results in a 15 mm lower ride height than the conventional Polo.

Like its Golf GTI sibling, the Polo GTI features significant aesthetic changes. A new front bumper featuring a deep airdam is joined by a honeycombe grille element with horizontal red strips and a simple GTI badge. New headlight units complete with the option of LED running lights lend the Polo GTI an imposing new look.

Further back, a subtle sill extension wraps around the lower edge of the body while at the back a new rear bumper features a small diffuser and a pair of chrome-tipped exhausts. The Polo badge is replaced by a simple 'GTI' version.

Finally, a set of 17-inch wheels identical to those fitted to the Golf GTI are fitted along with a set of red brake callipers.

The changes continue inside the Polo GTI with revised dials, a new, flat-bottomed GTI steering wheel complete with small gearshift paddles and contrasting red stitching, aluminium pedals and new, heavily bolstered front sports seats finished in tartan trim. Subtle gloss black trim covers the centre console while the headlining is now finished in black.

The new Polo GTI is due to arrive in the UK in the summer at which point pricing and specification will be announced.


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      • 5 Years Ago
      dual clutch is okay but rather have a manual. Also, how heavy is it?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Whoa, I just looked up how much the Golf GTI (210hp) costs in GBP, and it's £24,175!! Yikes that's expensive. I knew that cars were often more expensive in Europe/UK, but that's ridiculous... So this coming in several thousand dollars less than the Golf GTI could be really exciting if it ever comes over.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Ok, one last time.

        HERE IN AMERICA, the MINI Cooper S and the GTI are about the same price.

        The MCS costs $22k, and the GTI costs $23k. In the UK, the MINI Cooper S costs £17k, which is about where I would have assumed. It ends up being more expensive than here in the US, but not exorbitantly so.

        The GTI costs £24k, which is FAR more expensive than here in the US. Yes, it's a slightly different model year, but still.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "Whoa, I just looked up how much the Golf GTI (210hp) costs in GBP, and it's £24,175!! Yikes that's expensive. I knew that cars were often more expensive in Europe/UK, but that's ridiculous... So this coming in several thousand dollars less than the Golf GTI could be really exciting if it ever comes over."

        Aside from the fact that the £24K includes 17.5% VAT, you can't simply multiply it by the forex rate to USD equating to $35K-40K - because that's the cost to an American converting his hard-earned greenbacks. You have to look at the purchasing power parity and the relative cost to a Briton ... in which case you're knocking on the door of $28K-30K.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "Yes, I understand that you can't do a straight-up conversion of GBP to USD, but in relative terms, that's still bloody expensive. Here in the US the MINI Cooper S and the Golf GTI are almost the same price ($22k vs $23k), but in the UK the MINI Cooper S is £17k, while the GTI is £24k. That's a HUGE difference..."

        Are you sure you understand PPP? Comparing the price of cars has no bearing on the cost of living and model specifications can vary considerably between countries. The UK-spec Golf GTi gets a 208bhp standard engine and starts at £24K. The Cooper S on the UK ranges from £17K to £22K depending on trim. The base S in UK-spec doesn't even come with front fogs or heated mirrors - standard kit on most rivals. Go up to a Corvette, which starts at £48K (around $56-$60K in real terms) in the UK and compare it to US pricing, where it starts at some $49K or so.

        In PPP terms, a Golf GTi in the runs at the equivalent of $28K to $30K - considering the higher level of indirect taxation, that's almost on a par with US pricing.

        • 5 Years Ago
        GBP24,175 you referred to is the 'On the road' price including VAT, freight and delivery, the license plate and vehicle first registration fee.
        The equivalent MSRP in the UK is GBP19,949.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "Whoa, I just looked up how much the Golf GTI (210hp) costs in GBP, and it's £24,175!! Yikes that's expensive. I knew that cars were often more expensive in Europe/UK, but that's ridiculous... So this coming in several thousand dollars less than the Golf GTI could be really exciting if it ever comes over."

        Aside from the fact that the £24K includes 17.5% VAT, you can't simply multiply it by the forex rate to USD equating to $35K-40K - because that's the cost to an American converting his hard-earned greenbacks. You have to look at the purchasing power parity and the relative cost to a Briton ... in which case you're knocking on the door of $28K-30K.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks really good but for much less you might as well buy a Seat Ibiza Cupra.
      • 5 Years Ago
      quicker than my old 2005 A4.
      higher top speed (or same) as the A4.
      A LOT better gas mileage than the A4.
      cheaper than the A4.
      and still cooler looking than the A4.
      FML.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah and it gives a GTI a run for the money while looking a lot better in person.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That is the sweetest looking hatch back in the world.Anything else is just an imposter. Simple , clean, fast, fun, and practicle. I wish that VW NA. would just bring the damn car over and dump the City Golf / Jetta for good.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Yes.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why is everyone so excited about such a slow car?

      SUPER + TURBOCHARGED and they only managed 178 HP?

      Have fun keeping up with a minivan.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Your missing the part about 48mpg combined.

        Plus, who buy's a sports car for speed? Sports cars are for handling. If you want speed buy a muscle car....
        • 5 Years Ago
        The reason for the supercharger + turbocharger is for smoother power output, not for higher overall output. The SC provides power when the revs are low and as the engine speeds up, the TC takes over. Much flatter power output.

        0-60 in 6.9 is not slow for a small hatchback with really good fuel mileage.
        • 5 Years Ago
        How many minivans have 7 speed double clutch transmissions?
        How many minivans can exceed 140mph?
        any minivans with direct injection yet?

        178hp from a 1.4 liter engine isn't bad. The twincharger has hit 220hp.
        Torque is limited here because of the 7 speed dry double clutch transmission.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Oh, I bet that is a fun car, and super light.
      • 5 Years Ago
      No manual?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Love it. VW, please bring it.

      MKV R32 #4912
      • 5 Years Ago
      It is a B class, like Clio, 206, C3, Aveo, A2, Corsa..
      • 5 Years Ago
      I HATE LIVING IN AMERICA!!!! I seriously think there is a big market for cars like this in the US. I get why VW/ Audi arnt sending cars like RS6 and other high powered wagons to America (no market here), but these little hatches are the thing right now. People in America want fuel efficient and sporty cars like Europeans. But i guess there are other factors that stop if from coming to america.
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