Volkswagen makes it official with new Polo GTI

Volkswagen makes it official with new Polo GTI

Volkswagen has announced the latest edition to its new generation Polo lineup with the introduction of a GTI variant. This latest hot hatch matches its predecessor in terms of power but now achieves it on one-quarter less petrol. The GTI produces 177 horsepower (132kW) from a twin-charged 1.4-litre TSI inline-four with direct injection and twin-charging with a turbocharger and a mechanical supercharger. The combined fuel efficiency is now rated as an impressive 5.9l/100km on the EU test cycle.

The Polo GTI gets similar ‘telephone dialer’ five spoke alloys as its big brother, the Golf GTI, along with red accents on the brake calipers and trim on the grille. A new lighting package is included with the Polo receiving LED running lamps and corner markers along with bi-xenon headlamps. In keeping with the GTI theme, the seats are covered in a plaid fabric just like the originals of three decades ago. Interestingly, with the growth of the Golf over its six generations, this Polo is almost exactly the same size as the original Mk1 Golf.

Putting power to the ground is VW’s smooth shifting seven-speed DSG gearbox helping limit the 0-100km sprint time to just 6.9 seconds and will top out at 229km/h. Handling will be aided by VW’s electronic differential lock, which should reduce unwanted oversteer.

To find out more, read the full press release below:

To the Point: The New Polo GTI — Extremely Strong and Exceptionally Fuel Efficient 180 PS Polo GTI with 5.9 litre consumption is 25 percent more fuel efficient

Wolfsburg / Nürburgring, 10 May 2010 – The Polo GTI is back. A powerful 132 kW / 180 PS comeback! And this GTI too lives up to its legendary name with superior handling properties combined with uncompromising engine responsiveness and a maximum of safety. The highlight: Never before has such a powerful Polo come even close to its fuel efficiency. Thanks to clever downsizing of the twincharged 1.4-litre TSI engine (turbo plus supercharging) and the extremely efficient 7-speed dual clutch gearbox (DSG) as standard equipment, the development team was able to reduce combined fuel consumption to 5.9 l/100 km. That is equivalent to CO2 emissions of just 139 g/km. By comparison: Its direct predecessor in terms of power — also equipped with a 180 PS 1.8-litre turbo engine – consumed 7.9 litres per 100 kilometres (equivalent to 188 g/km CO2). This means that the new car is 25 percent more fuel efficient.

This economy contrasts with highly dynamic driving performance: The light 1,194 kilogram Volkswagen sports car accelerates to 100 km/h in just 6.9 seconds and reaches a top speed of 229 km/h. These figures, 6.9 seconds, 5.9 litres are sports car performance parameters of a sustainable kind.

Power is transferred to the front wheels via DSG as standard equipment. An electronic transverse differential lock (XDS) reduces the tendency to understeer and improves handling especially in 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 Climb Assist. In addition, the car’s extensive safety features consists of a highly effective airbag network, including combined head-thorax side airbags, belt tensioners, belt tension limiters plus belt warning, head restraints designed to avoid whiplash trauma (each in front), three rear head restraints as well as Isofix points on the rear bench seat for suitably fitted child seats.

In addition, convenience features include electro-hydraulic power steering, electric windows in front, central locking, bootspace lighting and tie-down eyes, warning buzzer for light not turned off, driver seat height adjustment, make-up mirror in the sun visors and green tinted insulated glass. The GTI will be the first Polo to be available with bi-xenon headlights with cornering lights, LED daytime running lights and corner marker lights as well as a panoramic tilt/slide sunroof. Naturally, GTI-specific features are always standard too, such as the sport seat system and 17-inch alloy wheels in “Denver” design.

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