We may have to wait a while for Volkswagen to release a Polo R – in fact it may never reach American showrooms at all – but as a stopgap measure VW has released a pair of R-Line packages for its diminutive hatchback that at least make it look the part.

The exterior R-Line trim package comes with wider wheels in either 16-inch diameter or 17, new bumpers front and rear, rear spoiler and diffuser, chrome exhaust tips, side skirts, fog lamps and gloss black grille. The interior package, meanwhile, gives the cabin Alcantara or leather trim, sport buckets, black headliner, a new steering wheel, piano-lacquer trim and aluminum pedals. Both kits can be fitted to either the Comfortline or Highline trim levels, and appear, for the time being, to be limited to the German market.

At the same time Volkswagen has rolled out a new Exclusive edition of the Passat, incorporating 18-inch wheels, a lowered suspension, chocolate brown Nappa leather trim with white top-stitching and wood and aluminum trim. Since this trim level is fitted on the sedan or wagon versions of the European-market Passat – an entirely different vehicle from the one we get here – we wouldn't hold our breath on this one making it to U.S. dealerships, either. But you can check 'em both out in the high-res image gallery for a closer look.

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      anonymous guy
      • 3 Years Ago
      Oh GOD! I just jizzed my pants! I want a Polo R!
      • 3 Years Ago
      I love it but I'm more interested in a Polo TDI (diesel). It would give killer MPG without having to dig up half the earth for lithium batteries to falsely self-proclaim to be an environmentalist. My Golf TDI yielded 55.7 mpg on the highway when brand new. I know how to nurse it...but still!! The Polo TDI would be better still!
      • 3 Years Ago
      I like the GTI, but looking at the Polo WRC (I know they would never make something like that street legal), I really want something smaller than the GTI from VW. Like a Polo sized super-hotted up hatch. Something that gives you Mini-cooper power with some of the Polo WRC looks. I think the new fascia actually looks very good, especially on their smaller cars. Add in some of the RAWR details from the WRC and it could be very good.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Are you referring to the Golf GTI? If so there's already the Polo GTI (however, I'm not sure which countries it's available in apart from Germany, the UK and Australia). It’s not as aggressive looking as the WRC version, however it does have a 180hp, 250nm, 1.4 litre twin charged engine and the same front diff from the Golf GTI. There's also an ECU tune from APR that pumps the power to 200hp and 300nm, though I'm not sure how long the DSG would hold up under that extra torque. I'm actually wondering if it's possible to get this new front bumper for the Polo GTI (which is a bit too sedate and similar to the regular Polo, where as the "R-line" has just the right amount of aggression)
      Carlos Cruz
      • 3 Years Ago
      I love that Passat, why did VW have to ruin the one we get here?
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Carlos Cruz
        because you always complained it was too expensive..simple as that.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I cannot wait until VW gets rid of the new corporate face of their vehicles. As much as I hated the smiling Mazdas, this design travesty trumps the Mazdas by a long shot.
        • 3 Years Ago
        the new corporate face is the best in decades. it's very clean looking, recognizable and understated.