Volkswagen Polo R spied

20 Sep, 2011 10:51am

New test mule is first look at upcoming Volkswagen Polo R

A racy ‘R’ version of the Volkswagen Polo has been confirmed as many times as it has been denied over the past couple of years but our spies think they’ve finally caught their first glimpse of the hot Polo. 

Concealed under this standard Polo GTI body is Polo R running gear, including an all-new 1.6-litre TSI engine and the possibility of four-wheel drive. The 1.6-litre TSI unit will produce around 210bhp and is likely to replace the 1.8-litre TSI engine in the VW line-up which is currently one of the oldest and most inefficient engines. 

The new engine has been revealed in the Volkswagen Polo R WRC rally entry for 2013 where it produces 300bhp. 

In production form, the Polo R should be capable of 0-62mph in around six seconds and a top speed of more than 150mph. 

Expect to see the newcomer on sale late in 2012 with a price-tag of around £24,000.

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If its got the 2.0T engine and 4wd then this has massive tuning potential. If its only got a 1.6 or 4wd then I'm not really interested, although others will be I guess.

Hope it gets a manual gearbox! The DSG only GTI is rather limiting.

quote.. likely to replace the 1.8-litre TSI engine in the VW line-up which is currently one of the oldest and most inefficient engines..

Sounds like some made up 'tosh' to me. The 1.8 tsi was never in the Polo. Its not an old engine (its based on the current EA888 engine architecture) its less than 4 years old. Inefficient? just about every test of a VW group car with this engine claim its willing and frugal (or words to that effect)

Makes sense to have a newer 1.6 engine as the 2013? WRC Polo will be 1.6 litre.
What is it with people and 4wd (especially in a car of this size). Why saddle the car with all that extra weight and drive friction. Point of note: a Scirocco R (fwd) is a better drive than a Golf R (4wd), both with 260ps+.

Polo must be a slipper box?

If it has 4WD and around 210bhp, then it should provide plenty of fun regardless of whether the engine is 1.6, 1.8 or 2.0.

@Lateknight's "Point of note: a Scirocco R (fwd) is a better drive than a Golf R (4wd), both with 260ps+." Well, that really is subjective. I was going to purchase a Scirocco R but had the chance to drive BOTH it and the Golf R for some distance (in both sensible and crazy mode) and I thought the Golf R a much better drive, especially in the twisty bits - so much so, that I changed my mind and bought the Golf R... and so far, it's been a joy to own and drive.

firstly if we are talking about potential in a engine well this 1.6 has clearly enough. the one reason for the polo r taking so long is they wanted to release the wrc car first to show the potential behind a 1.6 turbo.

and good to hear that the old 1.8 t is leaving the line up is good new as it is a quite old engine tho current tuning is differnt it is essetially the same engine found in the old octavia vrs 180bhp but moreover the old 1.8 andi tt have seen many vareties of the 1.8t in many differnt power out-puts i say so long and good riddons bring on the much lighter and technologically developed 1.6 turbo

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