2011 VW Polo GTI revealed

2011 VW Polo GTI revealed

The first photos and initial details have just been released of the new 2011 Volkswagen Polo GTI. The fifth generation hot hatch will be officially unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show where it will appear in both three- and five-door forms.

¨¨The new go-fast Polo uses VW's award winning 1.4-litre TSI engine mated to a seven-speed DSG transmission. Equipped with steering-wheel mounted paddle shifters, the GTI's engine is twin-charged using a supercharger from idle to 3,000 rpm at which point a turbocharger kicks in providing 132 kW of power and 249 Nm of torque from 2,000 rpm.¨¨ It will reach the open road speed limit in just 6.9 seconds and on to a 229 km/h top speed. Ride height is 15mm lower than the standard Polo and 17-inch wheels will fill the guards. Stiffer springs make the suspension tighter and the car will feature an XDS differential which electronically replicates a limited slip diff.

The Polo GTI shares similar styling to the Golf GTI, with a black honeycomb grille ringed in red, dual tailpipes, flat-bottom steering wheel, and plaid cloth. The GTI will also make use of LED daytime running lights.¨¨

After the recent success of the standard VW Polo, the GTI version arrives carrying large expectations. We will have to wait and see how it is received internationally and if it makes it here to NZ.

The first photos and initial details have just been released of the new 2011 Volkswagen Polo GTI. The fifth generation hot hatch will be officially unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show where it will appear in both three- and five-door forms.

¨¨The new go-fast Polo uses VW's award winning 1.4-litre TSI engine mated to a seven-speed DSG transmission. Equipped with steering-wheel mounted paddle shifters, the GTI's engine is twin-charged using a supercharger from idle to 3,000 rpm at which point a turbocharger kicks in providing 132 kW of power and 249 Nm of torque from 2,000 rpm.¨¨ It will reach the open road speed limit in just 6.9 seconds and on to a 229 km/h top speed. Ride height is 15mm lower than the standard Polo and 17-inch wheels will fill the guards. Stiffer springs make the suspension tighter and the car will feature an XDS differential which electronically replicates a limited slip diff.

The Polo GTI shares similar styling to the Golf GTI, with a black honeycomb grille ringed in red, dual tailpipes, flat-bottom steering wheel, and plaid cloth. The GTI will also make use of LED daytime running lights.¨¨

After the recent success of the standard VW Polo, the GTI version arrives carrying large expectations. We will have to wait and see how it is received internationally and if it makes it here to NZ.

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