2013 Volkswagen Polo R will presented at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show in a production version. The model will be equipped with a 225 horsepower version of the engine that animates Golf VI GTI.
Volkswagen will present the production version of Polo R at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, according to The German official sources. According to Ulrich Hackenberg, Head of Research and Development at Volkswagen, the model will be equipped with a more powerful engine, currently fitted to Golf VI GTI.
2013 Volkswagen Polo R – Design & Engine
2013 Volkswagen Polo R will be powered by a 225 horsepower engine (168 kW/228 PS), will have a mechanical limited slip differential and only front-wheel drive versions. The most powerful Polo R ever available will be able to accelerate from 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in about six seconds and can reach 250 km/h (155 mph).
According to Hackenberg, Polo R was not initially in the launch plan of the small class model from Volkswagen, but this version was introduced alongside the WRC program. The 2013 Volkswagen Polo R version will support the German manufacturer’s program for the WRC Championship, while the participation in motorsport will promote the performance version of Polo.
The most powerful version of Polo available now offers 180 hp (135 kW/183 PS) and 250 Nm (185 lb/ft). The Polo GTI version is powered by a 1.4-liter TSI engine and is offered in standard with a DSG automatic transmission.
The future Golf R, based on the seventh generation of the German compact car, will be released in 2013 or 2014. The model will be equipped with a 2.0 liter engine, says Hackenberg. Most likely, the unit will deliver around 280 hp.
The current Golf R offers 270 hp and 350 Nm. In standard, the model comes with 4Motion all-wheel drive system and a six-speed manual transmission.