There isn’t probably anything that needs to be said about the new Polo GTI, but what if someone needs to know what it looks like to drive one?
Well, then a short POV test drive of the supermini hot hatch should provide the answer. So, without further ado, get ready for almost 5 minutes of pure acceleration sounds, with no background music, which should be enough to decide whether Wolfsburg’s B-segment hit hatch is worthy of its €23,950 starting price in Germany.
Introduced last summer, along with the regular versions of the sixth-generation, the 2018 Polo GTI is the brand’s take on the Ford Fiesta ST and Renault Clio RS. The turbocharged 2.0-liter engine develops 200PS (197hp) and 320Nm (236lb-ft) of torque and works together with a six-speed dual-clutch transmission, with a manual being available as an option. The official 0-100km/h (0-62mph) sprint time is 6.7sec, and top speed is 247km/h (147mph).
However, if there is enough demand for it, then Volkswagen might introduce a hotter version. Rumored to be labelled the ‘R’, it could use a detuned version of the Golf R’s 310PS (306hp) 2.0-liter engine.
Nothing is official at this point, but we don’t expect VW to green-light the Polo R as it would jeopardize sales of the vaunted Golf GTI – and they surely don’t want that.