The team at Volkswagen sees the Renault Clio RS and Peugeot’s 208 GTi as the best bets of these brands in the near future. Both vehicles run using a 1.6L four cylinder with an output of 197 horses. So they decided to give their upcoming bet, the VW Polo R, some 20 horsepower more at 217 horsepower.
The Polo R was previewed earlier by Volkswagen as a concept vehicle called the Polo R WRC Street in Austria during the Worthersee Tour last May. The car manufacturer also confirmed that time that the Polo R will be rolling out in 2013.
A more recent report says that Ulrich Hackenberg, chief of Research and Development of VW, that the Polo R will be officially unwrapped during the upcoming motor show in Geneva by March 2013. He added that VW really did not plan to build the Polo R but decided to push through with the production in order to promote the entry of the Polo to the World Rally Championship next year.
The Polo R will sport a turbocharged 2.0L petrol engine that is the duplicate of what is under the hood of the Golf GTI Mk6 and other cars of the VW lineup. The Polo R will be able to produce 217 horses or 10 hp better than its compact hatch cousin.
The package will be completed by the usual styling components, aerodynamic elements, and an improved chassis that has a mechanical limited-slip differential.