We’ve already seen the all-new generation of the Polo supermini before the worldwide introduction at the Frankfurt Motor Show, but on the occasion the German automaker decided to share more details about its most enticing version – the Polo GTI.
The Frankfurt Motor Show was under the electrification sign – as many companies (JLR just a few days prior, the entire VW Group, Honda) announced their intentions to electrify their entire model ranges in the near future. But it was also the performance event fans from around the world were craving for. Just to name the Mercedes-AMG Project One would settle the case, but let’s face it, most of us need to direct our attention to models such as the turbocharged Suzuki Swift Sport, supercharged Toyota Yaris GRMN or the equally new Polo GTI. VW’s engineers this time around opted not to downsize like the rest of its competitors – a turbocharged 2.0-liter gasoline engine packing 200 horsepower (147 kilowatts) lies under the hood, replacing the 1.8 TSI with 192 hp.
With displacement comes torque – 236 lb-ft (320 Nm) from 1,500 rpm, and the Polo needs it since its dimensions have now reached the same average size of the Golf IV of yesteryear. VW also released more details about performance. The Polo GTI will at first come exclusively with a six-speed, dual-clutch gearbox for a 0-62 mph (0-100 kph) sprint in 6.7 seconds on its way to a maximum speed of 147 mph (237 kph). The Polo GTI has a standard sport suspension, with a 15 millimeters (0.6 inches) ride height reduction, and customers can optionally add the Sport Select suspension with configurable active dampers, as well as Normal and Sport driving modes.