• May 6, 2010
2011 Volkswagen Polo GTI – Click above for high-res image gallery

It's barely been a couple of months since Volkswagen confirmed the formation of its own high-performance division, dubbed R GmbH. But with the Golf R and Scirocco R already released, what is the highly anticipated new performance studio up to next?

According to reports, a new Polo R is on the way. Picking up where the (above) Polo GTI – due for release this summer, complete with 178-horsepower, 1.4-liter Twincharger four – leaves off, the Polo R is tipped to benefit from a 1.6-liter turbo four. Because the Polo's platform reportedly can't accommodate the VW's 4Motion all-wheel drive system, the Polo R will likely drive around 210 horsepower through the front wheels only, slotting in nicely below 270-hp, all-wheel drive Golf R. Sources expect the Polo R's arrival in 2012.



[Source: Autocar]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Ohhh man. Please, please hop the pond and come stateside! http://dailyderbi.com
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why do I get the feeling this is not coming to America (us/ca)

      • 4 Years Ago
      Same Body. Diesel-Hybrid.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Polo is about exactly the size of the old Mk 1 Golf/Rabbit. I had an '84 GTi that I put a Callaway Turbo kit on, and it was about the most fun ever.

      Sign me up for a Polo GTi, or even better, Polo R.

      Or I've even take a Golf R.

      Just import at least one of them to the US!!!!!!!!!!
        • 4 Years Ago
        If they intro the Golf R May 30, I will order one May 31.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Paul Allen: The US bound Polo is bigger than the original Rabbit. The last gen Polo in Europe is about the same size as the original Rabbit (Mk1 Golf). VW supersized the Polo for America.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Golf R is coming, it'll debuted at fastivus (mmmm... i love it when car makers rent out tracks for their enthusiast owners). as for the polo... wait and see, you'll be pleasantly surprised.
      • 4 Years Ago
      And here I thought an Audi A1 replacing the Renault Twingo in Top Gear's Belfast test would be *the* stuff of my automotive dreams. This...this could work, too.
      • 4 Years Ago
      holy awesome... mkIII sized with an MkVI power level heart, DO WANT. Now where are those minis cooper s jcw whatever the hells...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow, more reason to want a Polo. If the USA doesn't get it hopefully Canada gets them and I can drive it down.
      • 4 Years Ago
      polo r sounds like just about the perfect car
      • 4 Years Ago
      Something about a small FWD hatchback with 210hp just sounds like sooooo much fun.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Want!

        @Paul. I'd do the same.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Wow, 210hp in a nimble Polo...

        If available in the USDM (with that power)..I'd trade in my Passat for that ride in a heartbeat.

        • 4 Years Ago
        tee hee hee... don't worry guys... you'll be able to end that grumbling soon....

        :)
        • 4 Years Ago
        Hell, even the 178 hp GTI version does!

        Honestly speaking, if the Polo GTI or R version were here right now, I would get up, go to the dealer down the street and buy one this very hour. I had an original Rabbit GTI back in the day and I've been patiently waiting to enjoy a modern version ever since.

        Your loss VW.
      • 4 Years Ago
      ONLY if it has a real limited-slip differential. No electronic brake-squeezing, power-cutting crap but a real LSD and suspension designed to limit wheel-hop.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's not what I think of it "on paper" it's the impression I developed DRIVING the things. Unless they've made HUGE strides with the new cars, the electronic not-really-LSD is crap in real-world lead-footed driving. I haven't driven an Polo at all, nor the most-current GTI, so perhaps it's vastly better than it was in the early MkV cars, but I was unimpressed with it in the A3 and the Mk.V GTI, it was scarcely better than the laughably bad system in the Mk IV GTI I drove for 4 years.

        Some people are willing to pay for better hardware. Leave the GTI with the electronic pretend stuff for people who are cheap and/or find it "good enough" and equip the R with a Quaife or something equivalent.
        • 4 Years Ago
        so true because that system has been praised by european car magazines as being a lot better on the tarmac than you'd think on paper, we wouldn't want that. make it that tiny hatch more pricey, yayyyyy
      • 4 Years Ago
      Welcome to the hot hatch fray, the Polo GTi is sub par performance wise anyway.
        • 4 Years Ago
        And the Fiesta ST
        • 4 Years Ago
        According to the Clio and the Corsa and the 207 and the Mini.
        • 4 Years Ago
        according too..
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