Volkswagen's Polo R Confirmed At Last?

Mike Stevens | Oct 12, 2012

Volkswagen's Polo hatch has been the subject of R-rumours since before the current model first appeared. Now, if reports out of Europe are to be believed, the Polo R is a lock.

An announcement is still to be made, but according to Britain's Autocar magazine, Volkswagen development boss Ulrich Hackenberg has confirmed a late 2013 debut for the new Polo flagship.

A decision to introduce the Polo R is a departure from the brand's original plans, but with a World Rally Championship assault on the way, marketing opportunities may have swayed the top brass.

The Polo R will likely borrow its styling from May's Polo R WRC Street concept, and it is believed the 2.0 litre turbocharged engine of the outgoing Golf 6 GTI will provide motivation.

While the regular Polo GTI offers 132kW of power, the Polo R WRC Street concept delivered a hefty 162kW. A 0-100km/h time of around 6.0 seconds is expected.

The Polo GTI is available with a seven-speed DSG auto only, but it remains to be seen if the R will get a manual option.

Front-wheel-drive is likely to remain the only layout, but expect a mechanical limited-slip differential to also appear.

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  • amlohac says,
    3 years ago
    162kw polo? Holy balls batman!
    • thomas says,
      2 years ago
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      "0-100 IN 6 SECONDS " Thats one quick Polo , or though I would like to see a 2litre twin charged engine and around 5 seconds for 0-100ks! keep up the good technology volswagen.
  • Smart us says,
    3 years ago
    1 like
    R for repair
    • pro346 says,
      3 years ago
      No r for gRenadebiggrin
      • Sebastian Style Messiah says,
        3 years ago
        1 like
        Nah, the twincharger is the hand grenade
  • BH says,
    3 years ago
    not sure about 6 flat... more 6.5sec Very similar power/weight ratio to current Cooper JWC.. 0.134
    • TomW says,
      3 years ago
      The current GTI already goes under 7 seconds officially, unofficially even quicker, so I'd say 6 seconds is achievable.
    • Roger says,
      3 years ago
      Don't forget 0.5 seconds is a very small period of time. You get a 0.5 second variation either side of an average acceleration time between examples of any vehicle. This also doesn't factor in ambient temperatures, track surface etc. A 1 second variation can easily be present depending on factors like these. The only way to compare vehicles is same day, same track, same drivers, multiple runs, run-in engines, good other words perfect conditions. Even then it doesn't cater for individual vehicle variances.
  • toesonthenose says,
    3 years ago
    R for the ridiculous amount of time you'll have to wait for one to be delivered in Australia!
  • barra240t says,
    3 years ago
    Just APR flash a gti, instant R power
    • amlohac says,
      3 years ago
      without the AWD though
      • Balthazaaaaargh says,
        3 years ago
        Doubt the Polo R will have AWD... the Scirocco R doesn't, so it's far from being a pre-R-equisite...
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