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RE: New Polo GTI!

Saturday 24th June

New Polo GTI!

Bigger engine, more power and a new platform for the pokiest Polo



When was the last time you can remember a new car launching with an engine bigger than its predecessor? Not downsized for the sake of emissions, but made larger and more powerful than before. Sure, the latest Polo GTI engine probably will be more efficient than before, though it's still nice to see cubic capacity climb.

Fear not, a manual is also offered
Fear not, a manual is also offered
Not so long ago the Polo GTI had a 1.4-litre engine with a supercharger and a turbocharger; that was then replaced a little while back with a 1.8-litre engine, and a manual gearbox returned as well. Now it's up to 2.0-litres and 200hp from 192, matching the Renault Sport Clio and Fiesta ST.

At the moment there's not a great deal of info on the GTI, VW's focus instead on the regular Polo's increased automation, larger dimensions and new technology, but there's enough so far to warrant interest. With the MQB A0 modular platform, the car is now longer, wider and lower, with a wheelbase increase that is said to have pushed the wheels further out to the corners and should improve stability too.

Not going to be short of competition
Not going to be short of competition
For the GTI VW is saying there's a standard 'sport chassis' and an optional Sport Select chassis; don't forget the Ibiza Cupra has had adaptive dampers as standard for a while now. Also standard will be the familiar GTI accoutrements including a red grille surround, modest spoilers front and rear, bigger exhaust pipes and new badges. And yes, there's tartan inside. 17-inch wheels are standard, with 18s optional.

VW has launched the Polo for sale in Germany already, so a UK launch presumably isn't far behind. We would expect the GTI to be available at the same time or very soon after, and hopefully at less than £20K too. Let's see!

 

 

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WCZ

Original Poster:

4,453 posts

116 months

Monday 19th June
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No performance pack ? Seems underpowered

Mr Tom

405 posts

63 months

Monday 19th June
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WCZ said:
No performance pack ? Seems underpowered
Underpowered? Really? Probably too much too enjoy on the road... I think that is more power than the mk5/6 golf gti (I think). 200bhp is ample for a small hot hatch

ukaskew

3,390 posts

143 months

Monday 19th June
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WCZ said:
No performance pack ? Seems underpowered
That didn't take long. It's a sad day when the performance variant of the second smallest car in the range is described as 'underpowered' with 200hp.

Drive Blind

2,230 posts

99 months

Monday 19th June
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Is the Polo GTI cheerleader guy still about ?

DSGbangs

1,711 posts

14 months

Monday 19th June
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200bhp in a polo?!? fk yeah!! cool
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Tickle

2,429 posts

126 months

Monday 19th June
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Drive Blind said:
Is the Polo GTI cheerleader guy still about ?
I thought that when I seen this too, he loved his polo he did.

J4CKO

22,313 posts

122 months

Monday 19th June
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ukaskew said:
WCZ said:
No performance pack ? Seems underpowered
That didn't take long. It's a sad day when the performance variant of the second smallest car in the range is described as 'underpowered' with 200hp.
Indeed, a 200 bhp Polo should be pretty rapid.

Be interesting to see how it fares against the new Fiesta ST.


HardtopManual

721 posts

88 months

Monday 19th June
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WCZ said:
No performance pack ? Seems underpowered
How much would be "enough"?

GTEYE

933 posts

132 months

Monday 19th June
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HardtopManual said:
WCZ said:
No performance pack ? Seems underpowered
How much would be "enough"?
Maybe he was looking for 300hp and £35k list price?

Then it would be a whole different conversation...

Seriously 200hp is just fine for a Polo.....its MEANT to be entry level...

Vitorio

3,745 posts

65 months

Monday 19th June
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VW need 2 litres to put out 200hp reliably?

embarrassing if you ask me, but good news for prospective tune-happy owners

Deerfoot

3,613 posts

106 months

Monday 19th June
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Looks a very tidy package.

I doubt it'll be sub £20,000 though and I'm guessing the Fiesta will provide a slightly better steer...

kambites

52,081 posts

143 months

Monday 19th June
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Mr Tom said:
Underpowered? Really? Probably too much too enjoy on the road... I think that is more power than the mk5/6 golf gti (I think). 200bhp is ample for a small hot hatch
It's near enough the same as the mk5 Golf GTi (which was 197bhp) but it's worth pointing out that it's much the same weight, too.

Plenty quick enough for the sector it's competing it, I'm sure.

Deerfoot

3,613 posts

106 months

Monday 19th June
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Vitorio said:
VW need 2 litres to put out 200hp reliably?
Their dabble with the 180ps 1.4 twincharger unit didn't go too well on the reliability front did it?

Robmarriott

886 posts

80 months

Monday 19th June
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It's 20bhp down on the current Golf GTI, how can it be called underpowered?

Krikkit

10,644 posts

103 months

Monday 19th June
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Vitorio said:
VW need 2 litres to put out 200hp reliably?

embarrassing if you ask me, but good news for prospective tune-happy owners
Efficiency and power aren't just about cubic capacity these days...

M1C

676 posts

33 months

Monday 19th June
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The engine will be capable of more, sure. It needs to sit under 200bhp to not get too close to the Golf GTI.

To look at....it's so bland! Bland bland bland!

I didn't expect excitement but like....howay.....

PartOfTheProblem

1,655 posts

93 months

Monday 19th June
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It looks huge. I bet its similar to Mk4 Golf in size...?

200bhp sounds plenty too.

hondansx

2,764 posts

147 months

Monday 19th June
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Just don't see the point in cars like this getting ever bigger, just for a smaller model to pop up underneath.

The marketing may as well be "A Golf, with a little less legroom".

kambites

52,081 posts

143 months

Monday 19th June
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PartOfTheProblem said:
It looks huge. I bet its similar to Mk4 Golf in size...?
Bigger in all dimensions, by the looks of it.

J4CKO

22,313 posts

122 months

Monday 19th June
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Vitorio said:
VW need 2 litres to put out 200hp reliably?

embarrassing if you ask me, but good news for prospective tune-happy owners
Jesus, the mind boggles.