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TMR Team | Jan, 07 2013 | 0 Comments

Volkswagen's coming-at-last Polo R hotbox could get an all-wheel-drive system if the customer demand is there, R&D boss Ulrich Hackenberg has reportedly admitted.

Like the larger Scirocco R - and unlike the all-paw Golf R hatch - the new top-shelf Polo variant will, for now at least, send power to the front wheels only.

Speaking with Britain's Autocar however, Hackenberg acknowledged the appeal in pushing the Polo R closer to its rallying all-wheel-drive counterpart.

“There could be some customer interest, so I think four-wheel drive could be great for some countries,” he told Autocar.

Hackenberg stressed that while he could "imagine" such a model, the carmaker has no official plans go all-wheel-drive with the Polo R.

Mechanically, the project would not be too great a stretch, with the all-wheel-drive A1 Quattro already utilising the same PQ25 platform that underpins the Polo range.

Confirmed late last year for a 2013 production debut, the front-wheel-drive Polo R is powered by a version of the Golf GTI’s 2.0 litre TSI turbo four, producing a Mk VII Golf GTI-matching 162kW/350Nm.

Claimed acceleration is half a second ahead of the 132kW/250Nm twincharged 1.4 litre Polo GTI, at 6.4 seconds from 0-100km/h.

The sole transmission choice will be a six-speed H-pattern manual, unlike the lesser Polo GTI’s DSG auto, and the WRC racer’s six-speed sequential unit.

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