2011 Volkswagen Polo GTI On Sale In Australia

Mike Stevens | Nov 26, 2010

2011 POLO GTI

Volkswagen Australia has today announced availability of the range-topping 2011 Volkswagen Polo GTI, following its local unveiling in Sydney last month.

Powered by Volkswagen's turbo- and super-charged 1.4 litre TSI petrol engine, the 2011 Polo GTI delivers 132kW and a respectable 250Nm of torque, online between 2000 and 4500rpm. Fuel consumption is listed at 6.1 l/100km, with carbon emissions of 139g/km.

By comparison, the previous-generation Polo GTI, producing the same 132kW, consumed 7.9 l/100km of fuel and released 188g/km of CO2 - making the new GTI 25 percent more efficient than its predecessor.

Weighing in at just 1184kg, the Polo GTI rockets to 100km/h in 6.9 seconds, going on to a top speed of 228km/h.

Like the regular Polo and larger Golf GTI cousin, the Polo GTI is driven at the front wheels with power transferred through a seven-speed DSG transmission.

Upgraded sports suspension figures among the little GTI's performance features, along with a self-locking electronic differential.

The 2011 Polo GTI wears 17-inch five-spoke alloy wheels that look significantly larger on the Polo body than on the Golf GTI it shares them with.

In true GTI fashion, the sporty Polo gets honeycomb upper and lower front grilles, a sports exhaust and a faux diffuser insert to the rear bumper.

Unlike the Golf version, the Polo GTI gets optional LED daytime running lights with its optional bi-xenon headlights, similar to those seen across the Audi range and with the new 2011 Volkswagen Touareg.

Inside, the GTI replaces the standard round steering wheel with a flat-bottomed unit similar to the Golf GTI's. While the regular Polo gets steering-mounted controls in some models, the GTI version replaces these sections with polished chrome-look inserts.

Local pricing and availability will be announced in the lead-up to the GTI's Australian debut in the coming weeks.

CLICK to read TMR's 'first drive' review of the all-new 2010 Volkswagen Polo range.

Pricing and Availability

  • 2011 Volkswagen Polo GTI - Three-door - $27,790
  • 2011 Volkswagen Polo GTI - Five-Door - $28,990

Prices are manufacturer list prices only, and do not include on-road costs or dealer delivery.

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  • 5valvepercylinder
    5 valve per cylinder says,
    4 years ago
    2 likes
    Absolutely love everything about this car!
    The specs and classy bodykit are all brilliant.
  • says,
    4 years ago
    Great looking car.

    If it's priced appropriately, it will sell fast
  • ACEight says,
    4 years ago
    I may need to trade in my clio sport for one of these. Anything under 40k AUD will be a steal!
    • hotel buchen tuerkei says,
      4 years ago
      1 like
      I wonder if there'll be a 5 door as per images 1 year ago.
  • Jimmy James says,
    4 years ago
    2 likes
    Sorry, but under 40k will NOT be a steal.

    The current car is 26990.

    Anything under 30k plus ORC is a fair price.

    Let's hope VW Australia dont get greedy...
  • Spadoinkles
    jifwer says,
    4 years ago
    1 like
    Yum. Pity the 7 speed DSG that can only handle 250NM because I'm sure VW is capable of much more :/

    RNS510 standard in the Polo GTI would be epic though :S VW IS becoming stingy on spec and greedy on money at times I guess
  • says,
    4 years ago
    3 likes
    very dispoted its does not have a indpendent real suspention, don't expact a balance handling on this things, its will understear like fat pig, that why its costing far less then a cooper s.
    • says,
      3 years ago
      1 like
      Buddy, with all due respect: check your spellings before post. Your opinion might be discredited instantly because of that.
  • barra240t says,
    4 years ago
    1 like
    I own the previous model and it is awesome with an APR tune 152kw/328Nm. It is a shame this auto can't handle the torque. I don't see much modding being available for this new model. I love the look and interior but I may have to wait for the new XR4.
  • says,
    4 years ago
    1 like
    Looking forward to taking it for a test drive. Let's hope the bouyant aussie dollar = very competitive pricing.
  • says,
    4 years ago
    Just sold my RX8. It was fun over 80km/hr. This car looks very attractive at around 30K
  • says,
    3 years ago
    3 likes
    No proper manual gearbox available, bit disappointing VW.
  • Liam From Canberra says,
    3 years ago
    1 like
    Nice price!
    • says,
      3 years ago
      1 like
      It works out at 33.5k with on road.
      not so cheap after all.
  • MotorMouth says,
    3 years ago
    3 likes
    I'd definitely be interested in a manual but wouldn't even look at it if it is DSG-only.
  • Adrian
    Adrian says,
    3 years ago
    2 likes
    Needs manual.

    GTi Golf I would get DSG over manual, but in this I'd go manual.
  • Anthony Mindel says,
    3 years ago
    Another stunner from VW...
  • says,
    3 years ago
    2 likes
    Please, a manual version, please...
  • MotorMouth says,
    3 years ago
    2 likes
    It seems VW are seriously misinterpreting their data. I assume they sell a lot more DSG Golf GTi than manuals, so they figure they won't bother with a manual for the Polo. I think most people who buy a Golf GTi simply do it for the prestige of the GTi badge, maybe to feel smugly superior to SV6/XR6 owners or something, not because they have any interest in driving it hard. I have certainly never seen anyone driving a Golf GTI any differently to the way people drive Corollas. I can't see the same type of buyer going for a Polo GTi. I think it will attract a lot more proper driving enthusiasts, former XR4, Focus XR5 and Astra Turbo owners, and most of them will want a manual. I think it is a really big mistake that will see this Polo GTi remain as rare as the previous one.

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