The motorsport division of the German automaker has decided to provide us with a glimpse of the 2017 Polo R WRC, the model that will compete in the upcoming edition of the rally series and should come with numerous changes compared to the 2016 model year.
The new car is vastly different from its predecessor because it has been developed and engineered to comply with the 2017 FIA World Rally Championship regulations, and the next generation of the WRC gladiator will be around 50 millimeters (1.96 inches) wider than its predecessor. It will also lose 55 pounds (25 kilograms) of weight to go well with the power increase of 60 horsepower (45 kilowatts) to 380 hp (280 kW), achieved after the air restrictor has been widened from 33 mm to 36 mm. This particular generation has been in development since midway last year and will also gain an electronic center differential for the power transmission.
The official sketch showed by VW Motorsport also shows the design changes which host a larger front spoiler along with a bigger rear wing. The 2017 Polo R WRC needs to be at least 153.5 inches (3.9 meters) long and tip the scales at no less than 2,590 pounds (1,175 kilograms). Volkswagen has also mentioned that numerous components are currently in the testing phase inside the 2016 model year chassis and the official debut will take place at the beginning of the World Rally Championship season set to kick off with the traditional Rally Monte Carlo in January 2017.