• May 5th 2010 at 1:55PM
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A while back Volkswagen officially created its R division. This special group aims to compete, in some ways, with BMW's M products and Mercedes-Benz AMG variants. Gearheads were geeked to learn that VW was trying to take on the big boys. So far, the R GmbH division has unveiled its version of the Scirroco, Golf and Passat with a Jetta supposedly in the works. Now, reports are coming in suggesting that the Polo will get the R treatment as well.

Though all R cars mainly focus on crisp handling and high power, the Polo will likely be quite efficient too. A report from Autocar states that the Polo R will be powered by a turbocharged 1.6-liter engine that may produce as much as 210 horsepower. That's quite the motor for the tiny Polo. The key to the Polo's efficiency stems from its claimed lowest-in-class weight. As we reported just days ago, the Polo, powered by the upcoming 1.2-liter mill, is likely to be rated at 71.3 miles per gallon. The hot R model won't achieve those numbers, but we'll take a guess and say it's still gonna be quite efficient.

Now the only question that remains to be answered is one that we have to ask all too often: will the Polo R make the trip to the States? With the Polo scheduled to arrive here, it wouldn't be too much of a stretch to think that the GTI and R versions could make it at some point, but we're not going to bet the house on it just yet.

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[Source: Autocar]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Can we do a poll... I say this thing never makes it to the US because VW treats us like some sort of red headed stepchild. They show no love for the US market.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I know, we don't even know if the Golf R is coming here. They would be the first R we would get, if any.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This would be a cool small car to own and unlike Matt, I really like the GTI wheels. Gives the car an entirely different look from most box style designs. They offer several styles though so, there's something for everyone.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The current euro-lineup of the Polo tops out at 105hp.

      If VW plans to bring this as a competition to the Fiesta, which it actualy is, you can expect that possibly only the GTI and R will come to the US.
      Nobody would buy a 60hp base version anyway.
        • 5 Years Ago
        There is not much wrong with the Fiesta, except headroom in the back looks a bit more limited than in the Polo due to the roofline.
      • 5 Years Ago
      more red than green really :)
      I like how you try to make it green Eric by emphasizing the weight but the Polo is not really light. 1100-1200kg and the R version likely in the heavy end, maybe above.
        • 5 Years Ago
        small are = small area*
        • 5 Years Ago
        It's light for a modern VW. Also, it has a very small cross-sectional area, so it's fairly efficient from a drag standpoint. Remember that drag coefficients need to be multiplied by the cross-section, so even if the coefficient is not the smallest to date, a small are offsets it. I do think they should change those stupid wheels, though... it'd be the first thing to leave mine, that's for sure.
        • 5 Years Ago
        1200kg is about 2600lb, so -_-

        A Honda Fit weighs less than that and it's bigger.

        VW/Audi need to take the optional brick pack out of their cars, i say.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Polo R will now fill my dreams if it is released here I will be looking into it and it would be hard choice between it and say the Fiesta ST.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Bring it here.. or the scirocco.. one of the two!!

      This market needs a teeny high performer. The Scion IQ just ain't gonna cut the mustard.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I've had tons of fun with my '02 Jetta, and firmly believe that a smaller VW could make one heck of a fun eco-mobile. I hate the wheels on the GTI's, though... stupid toy car looking... ugh.
        • 5 Years Ago
        WRD! My Jetta's doors feel like they're made of lead when compared to my brother's Subaru. Same goes for the hood, so I think it's safe to assume the entire body is the same way. You can feel the weight as it plows around corners, but despite the extra mass it does handle very nicely. The benefit to all of that weight is that it's very quiet compared with other cars in its price range, and there is a very comfortable solidity to the car that makes you feel safe. Anyway, I think you're dead on; it's a weight issue. By smaller I definitely mean lighter, and a lighter version of my car would suite me just fine.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The one and only reason why I cant wait to see the IQ is to see what some crazy tuner will do with it, I'm thinking its prime for a Busa engine lol. The Polo R sounds like its going to the King of all sub-compacts thats for sure, unless Honda goes crazy and makes a production version of the Fit with the K23A crammed into the engine bay (and it will Fit pun intended thats for sure)
        • 5 Years Ago
        My problem with the GTI is that it's a porkbeast.
        100lb. shy of my old 328is e36... yes... with a 2.8L i6 motor and gadgets / noise padding out the wazoo.

        It could get far better city MPG if it shed ~300lb or so.
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