Volkswagen’s refreshed 2015 Polo GTI has been revealed today, bringing subtly updated looks and a few key changes under the skin.
Shown here in three-door guise, the hottest Polo model takes some cues from the larger Golf GTI, including the refreshed grille and an emboldened red garnish that now extends into the headlights.
The cabin sees the hot-hatch get all of the latest changes introduced with the refreshed Polo range, along with the restyled steering wheel design featured in the Golf GTI.
Away from styling, the Polo GTI also gets more power and that one option that fans have been crying out for since the current generation landed in 2010: a manual transmission.
For 2015, the Polo GTI has dropped its old 1.4 litre heart for a more powerful 1.8 turbo engine.
Developed by Audi and featuring in its own premium models, this member of the EA888 engine family delivers 141kW and 320Nm of torque.
Compared to the outgoing mill, those figures represent a relatively minor increase of 9kW in power, but a whopping 70Nm in torque.
The upgrade sees the GTI’s 0-100km/h time fall slightly from 6.9 to 6.7 seconds.
It's a tight fight in this segment: the auto-only 147kW/240Nm Clio RS lists a 6.7 run, the manual 147kW/275Nm 208 GTi lists 6.8, and the manual 147kW/240Nm (with 'overboost' on) Fiesta ST lists 6.9 seconds.
Crucially for enthusiasts, the 2015 Polo GTI joins the ST and 208 GTi in offering a six-speed manual transmission, while the seven-speed DSG remains an option.
Sport-Select suspension is also featured, bringing active damping control to the table.
Watch for more details on the refreshed three- and five-door Polo GTI range to surface in the coming weeks.
A specific launch window for the 2015 Polo GTI is still to be confirmed, although Volkswagen Australia has confirmed a first-half debut.