- May 5, 2010
Report: VW to launch souped-up Polo R in 2012
Volkswagen Polo GTI – Click above for high-res image gallery
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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