Is Volkswagen Working on a New Polo GTI?


We sure hope so -- and if the specifications reported are anywhere near accurate, we pray it comes to North America.

<;P class=MsoNormal target="_blank">According to Autocar, the hot Polo variant would use VW’s 1.4-liter “Twincharged” (re: supercharged and turbocharged) engine, and would pump out 200 hp. Given the size of the car (think Ford Fiesta), that sort of power could create a subcompact hot hatch. Tuners, however, have plenty of potential – engineers have reportedly been able to eke up to 280 hp from the small-displacement engine, and can rocket the car to the vicinity of 150 mph.

<;P class=MsoNormal target="_blank">Sadly, we likely won’t ever see the Polo GTI on our shores. VW’s American executives have previously discussed bringing the Polo over to the US, but only as a sedan and a tall hatchback, the latter to compete against the likes of the Honda Fit. Unless Honda suddenly sees fit to launch an Si model of its entry-level model, we doubt VW can build a business case for its pocket rocket to enter North America.

<;P class=MsoNormal target="_blank">Source: Autocar

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