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Rendered: 2015 VW Polo GTI And Polo R Photo:
 
 
Mike Stevens | May, 05 2014 | 12 Comments

Volkswagen’s compact Polo has been given a makeover, revealed earlier this year ahead of September’s Australian launch.

For now, the carmaker has offered a look only at the regular Polo line-up, with the top GTI model not set to be revealed until later in the year.

This week, ‘photochop’ wizard Theophilus Chin has delivered a speculative rendering of the updated GTI, wearing the hatch’s new headlights and the larger Golf GTI’s front bumper.

Other details are still to come, although VW has confirmed the Polo GTI will get a power boost from 132 to 141kW and, at last, a manual transmission will be available.

The power boost will give the little ‘hot hatch’ a leg-up over Ford’s hugely popular Fiesta ST hatch and bring it closer to the 147kW outputs of the Peugeot 208 GTi and Renault Clio RS.

The updated Polo GTI is expected to return to a 1.8 litre powerplant, this time in the form of the turbo engine offered with Skoda’s Octavia.

 

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While the regular Polo range will hit Australia in the second half of this year, the GTI will likely arrive in the first half of 2015. DSG and manual versions are expected to feature locally.

And while not confirmed, we might see the manual Polo GTI enter at around $27,000 - compared to $29,540 for the current DSG-equipped model - making it around $1000 more than Ford’s Fiesta ST.

 

2015 Volkswagen Polo R Rendered

Reports of a new top-shelf Polo R model have been circulating for years, with the latest rumours - surfacing earlier this year - pointing to a 2015 debut.

A special-edition ‘Polo R WRC’ is already available in Europe, driven by the same 162kW/350Nm 2.0 litre engine offered with the Golf GTI.

In that form, the Polo is good for a 6.4 second run to 100km/h, compared to 6.9 seconds for the current Polo GTI.

With more power, and with all-wheel-drive traction, reports suggest Volkswagen is aiming for the new Polo R to cover the distance in less than six seconds.

And if it's anything like the limited-edition Audi A1 Quattro, driven by the old Golf R's 188kW/350Nm 2.0 litre turbo and all-wheel-drive, a 5.7 second run to the ton won't be out of the question.

 
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