2010 Volkswagen Polo GTI Car Review: Volkswagen Polo Golf GTI Model comes out, gets 178-hp. Efficiency-wise, VW provides a 47 mpg European combined cycle figure. Superior handling properties unified with uncompromising engine dynamics and a maximum of safety.
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2010 Geneva Preview: 2011 Volkswagen Polo GTI gets 178-hp. The Golf GTi’s little brother that can, the 2010 Polo GTI has made a public appearance prior to its Geneva debut. The car features a 1.4-liter I-4 that gets both turbo and supercharged for a total of 180 horses. Those 180 horses funneled through a seven-speed, dual-clutch gearbox will deliver the petite, 2,600-lbs of VW to 62 mph in 6.9 seconds. Top speed is given at 142 mph.
Anyway, The Polo GTI is back. A powerful 132 kW / 180 PS comeback! This GTI lives up to its legendary name: Superior handling properties unified with uncompromising engine dynamics and a maximum of safety.
The GTI also gets a redesigned front fascia, 17-inch aluminum wheels and the option of LED running lights.
The Polo GTI will go on sale in Europe this summer. It’s not known if VW will send the Polo GTI stateside, but it’s looking doubtful.
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Volkswagen has just issued these first photos of the new 2010 Polo GTI. It uses the 1.4-litre TSI engine with turbo- and supercharging to liberate a stocky 178bhp – enough to make the Polo GTI into a proper little pocket rocket.
The first hot Polo was the supercharged G40 of 1986, but that developed a relatively weedy 112bhp. The new 2010-spec Volkswagen Polo GTI is powerful enough to hit 62mph in 6.9sec and reach a 142mph V-max. Nibbling at the heels of the VW Golf GTI Mk6, then…
Volkswagen Polo GTI 2010: what’s new and special
As well as sporting the VW Group’s latest TSI engine, the hot Polo has a raft of engineering mods. The XDS electronics – as on the Golf GTI – act as a stability control system to cope with the 184lb ft torque wave from 2000-4500rpm, in a bid to prevent the steering wheel having a mind of its own under heavy acceleration.
Springs and dampers are uprated, the ride is 15mm lower than stock Polos and the only transmission available at launch in August 2010 will be VW’s dry-clutch seven-speed DSG twin-clutch ‘box.
There’s no mistaking the Polo hot hatchback for anything other than a GTI: those 17in telephone dial alloys are identical to its big brother’s, and the steering wheel has taken a tumble with a flat bottom as is the fashion these days in go-faster VW Group products. Tartan seats are available, too.
When can I buy the new Volkswagen Polo GTI 2010?
Production starts in June 2010, with first UK deliveries due in August 2010. Expect a price tag approaching £18,000 and both three- and five-door bodystyles. A grown-up GTI in every respect, it seems.
The new Volkswagen Polo GTI has been unveiled, promising to be the fastest, most focussed and cleanest performance Polo yet produced.
The original performance variant of the Polo was unveiled in 1986 in the form of the G40 Coupé – a car that mixed a fast-revving, 113 PS, supercharged engine with a low kerbweight and sharpened responses.
Fast forward 24 years and the new Polo GTI bears similarities with the G40. At its heart is a 1.4-litre TSI engine that uses a supercharger from idle through to 3,000 rpm at which point the turbocharger cuts in to provide boost. The result is an output of 180 PS at 6,200 rpm and 184 lbs ft of torque from 2,000 rpm which, when aligned with a 1,184 kg kerbweight, allows the Polo GTI to accelerate from rest to 62 mph in 6.9 seconds before reaching a top speed of 142 mph.
Despite a keen focus on performance, the new Polo GTI is capable of delivering 47 mpg on the combined cycle while emitting just 139 g/km of CO2.
The TSI engine is linked to a compact seven-speed, twin-clutch DSG gearbox that channels drive through the front axle. In addition, the Polo GTI is fitted with the XDS differential, an electronic cross-axle traction control system for improved traction and handling. The XDS system is a functional extension of the electronic limited slip differential (EDL) which is a part of the standard ESP system.
In order to sharpen responses, the Polo GTI is fitted with new springs and dampers which results in a 15 mm lower ride height than the conventional Polo.
Like its Golf GTI sibling, the Polo GTI features significant aesthetic changes. A new front bumper featuring a deep airdam is joined by a honeycombe grille element with horizontal red strips and a simple GTI badge. New headlight units complete with the option of LED running lights lend the Polo GTI an imposing new look.
Further back, a subtle sill extension wraps around the lower edge of the body while at the back a new rear bumper features a small diffuser and a pair of chrome-tipped exhausts. The Polo badge is replaced by a simple ‘GTI’ version.
Finally, a set of 17-inch wheels identical to those fitted to the Golf GTI are fitted along with a set of red brake callipers.
The changes continue inside the Polo GTI with revised dials, a new, flat-bottomed GTI steering wheel complete with small gearshift paddles and contrasting red stitching, aluminium pedals and new, heavily bolstered front sports seats finished in tartan trim. Subtle gloss black trim covers the centre console while the headlining is now finished in black. The new Polo GTI is due to go on sale in Europe in the summer at which point pricing and specification will be announced.
Volkswagen Polo GTI is back. A powerful 132 kW / 180 PS comeback! Are you surprised? How do you like it?
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