The Polo GTI is back in New Zealand and it’s no toy either, packing a 132 kW/ 250Nm torque punch.
The light 1,194kg Volkswagen hot hatch will hit 100 km/h in just 6.9 seconds and go on to a top speed of 229 km/h. Under the bonnet lives VW’s award-winning twincharged 1.4-litre TSI engine (turbo plus supercharging). It’s a very strong motor considering its size and has proved a very popular mill in other VW product. The engine puts its power to the front wheels via a globally adopted 7-speed DSG gear box.
The new Polo GTI also has excellent fuel economy thanks to the downsizing of the 1.4-litre TSI engine and the 7-speed dual clutch gearbox. The new Polo GTI is now 25 percent more fuel efficient with a fuel consumption of 5.9 l/100 km.
Comfort features include electro-hydraulic power steering, electric windows in front and rear, central locking, driver seat height adjustment, climatronic air conditioning, cruise control, green tinted insulated glass and privacy glass in rear window and rear side windows with 65% light absorption. And, multimedia is far from overlooked with RCD 510 radio CD system with large high resolution, colour touch screen, 6-disc CD changer, MP3 and MWA file compatible and AUX-IN multimedia socket, iPod adapter cable and Bluetooth phone preparation.
The GTI will be the first Polo to be available with optional bi-xenon headlights with cornering lights, LED daytime running lights and corner marker lights.
VW GTI-specific features are always standard, such as red trim on the radiator grill and honeycomb on air intakes and front fog lights as well as a sport seat system with distinctive “JackyŸ upholstery, leather covered multi-function steering-wheel with GTI design DSG paddles, sports suspension and 17-inch alloy wheels in the telephone dialler design.
The NZ Golf GTI will be in a four-door body shape and will have safety features consisting of a highly effective airbag network, belt tensioners, front head restraints designed to avoid whiplash trauma as well as Isofix points on the rear bench seat. An electronic transverse differential lock (XDS) reduces the tendency to understeer and improves handling especially for quick driving through curves. Like all versions of the model series, the Polo GTI also comes equipped with the standard ESP (Electronic Stabilisation Programme) including hill hold control.
The New Zealand 4-door Polo GTI will be available at an RRP of $37,500 in February 2011.
Dean Sheed, General Manager of Volkswagen New Zealand commented “The new, exciting Polo GTI arrives on New Zealand shores in February 2011. We are expecting that demand will, as usual outstrip supply in this new hot hatch. The GTI badge is legendary and this new Polo GTI easily lives up to its reputation.”
“ItŸs been a great year overall for Volkswagen NZ.” Sheed continues, “New Zealand passenger vehicle sales rose a record 20% year on year and globally Volkswagen Passenger Sales topped 4.5 million for the first time with brand deliveries in the Asia/ Pacific region growing 37.6% thanks to innovative and environmentally-friendly new models. And with exciting new models being released in the early New Year, including new Passat and Amarok, weŸre looking forward to an even better 2011.”