Volkswagen Polo R WRC – Click above for high-res image gallery

It's been an on-again, off-again affair with rumors of a possible R version of the Volkswagen Polo. But according to the latest from the Old World, things are looking up for the prospective pocket rocket.

The change in fortunes come down, according to Autocar, to the launch of the Volkswagen Polo R WRC, the car with which the German automaker is preparing to mount its assault on the World Rally Championship. As you can see, the rally machine carries R branding, prompting the British publication to press VW board member Ulrich Hackenberg on the renewed possibility of a production Polo R hot hatch.

Hackenberg admitted such a vehicle is more likely with the launch of the WRC Polo, but that it wouldn't arrive before 2013. As for specs, that's all up to speculation. Autocar figures on a version of the Polo GTI's 1.4-liter twin-charger four with over 200 horsepower, with or without the all-wheel-drive system being developed by Audi for the A1 built on the same platform. One way or another, we'll be watching this development as it unfolds (or doesn't).

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Come on Ford, time to respond with Fiesta RS.
        Tom Cottage
        • 4 Years Ago
        I hope there is Ford's new RS AWD version on the way! America wants an all-wheel drive rally car, Ford. Don't let us down!
        • 4 Years Ago
        notice the roll cage on the fiesta AB posted not long ago... kinda strange for mule work eh... ;)
      • 4 Years Ago
      I dont like VW but if they going to made street legal cars like LanEvo or STI ...thumbs up for it :) and I hope they take out soon that PSA rally car
      Alex Barry
      • 4 Years Ago
      Oh man, I have a Polo GTI on order. I don't want this car to be made, but I do at the same time!!!
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      If they'd sell me one in Canada I'd get all excited, chances are they will refuse to =/
        • 4 Years Ago
        I am in the States and feel your pain.
      • 4 Years Ago
      All we need now is for Audi to put the RS1 in WRC.
      • 4 Years Ago
      please please please bring this to the USA. the Golf R is amazing and all but for some reason i just really want a Polo