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Volkswagen 2018 Polo GTI receives engine upgrade

Fitted with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder unit and producing 200ps, the German OEM’s 2018 Polo GTI shares design traits with the brand’s newest GTI R5 competition racer

 

 

Volkswagen’s four-wheel-drive Polo GTI R5 rally car for customer sports, which is based on the sixth and latest generation of the Polo, was introduced to the public for the first time in Mallorca, Spain, this week. Much like the production model, the Polo GTI R5 has a powerful straight four-cylinder turbo engine with direct fuel injection, which is mounted transversely in front of the front axle.

While the capacity of the rally car is limited to 1.6-liters, in accordance with regulations, the production vehicle benefits from a 2.0-liter capacity. This is sufficient to generate 200ps and maximum torque of 236 lb-ft. Peak torque is developed with a flat curve between 1500rpm and 6000rpm. With a 6-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic gearbox as standard, the company’s latest GTI addition promises a top speed of 236km/h and 0-100km/h in 6.7 seconds. And a claimed fuel consumption of 5.9l/ 100km reflects the drive system’s efficiency.

The 2018 hot hatch has been revamped to feature a much stiffer five-door body, based off VW’s ubiquitous MQB platform, providing a torsional rigidity of 18k Nm/deg. Compared with the standard Polo, the GTI is 15mm lower thanks to 38% stiffer front springs and 39% stiffer rears, as well as new fixed-rate dampers all round.

Since the Golf GTI was introduced in 1976, the three letters have represented VW’s compact sporty cars. With the Polo also impressing as Gran Turismo upon its release, the 2018 model ensures that the Golf GTI’s little brother maintains its sporting heritage. The new standard production Polo GTI model, which went on sale this week, starts from US$28,000.

 

7 December 2017

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