German premium carmaker, Volkswagen has officially revealed the 2018 VW Polo GTI. It is based on the new generation Polo hatchback, which is developed on the VW Group’s new MQB AO platform. As a reminder, Volkswagen India is also selling the GTI, which is based on the older PQ25 platform. Also See – 2018 Volkswagen Polo – All Details
Design of the new Polo GTI is shared with the sixth-generation Polo, which is already on sale in select international models. It will be powered by Volkswagen’s new EA888 engine series. The Polo GTI is propelled by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder direct injection turbo-petrol engine, which will replace the previous 1.8-litre unit. This engine is capable of producing 197bhp of power at 6,000rpm and 320Nm of torque between 1,500 to 4,400rpm. The new model offers 5bhp more power and 70Nm more torque. It accelerates to 100kmph from zero in just 6.7 seconds before hitting a top speed of 237kmph. Transmission options will include a six-speed dual-clutch automatic and a six-speed manual gearbox.
This is the first time that VW Polo GTI comes equipped with fully digital instrument console. Additionally, the premium hatchback gets several driver-assistance systems like front assist with city emergency braking and pedestrian monitoring, blind spot monitor, proactive occupant protection system and automatic post-collision braking system. Also Read – Upcoming Volkswagen Cars In India
The performance oriented Polo also gets a 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system and a 300W Beats Sound system. As optional, the hatchback gets an 8.0-inch touchscreen. This system is compatible with MirrorLink, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Additionally, this system also has Car-net applications that give the driver access to all the Google media applications. The 2018 VW Polo GTI is equipped with ‘sports running gear’ as standard, which comprises of special tuning of the springs, shock absorbers, auxiliary springs and anti-roll bars.
Volkswagen has also revealed the Polo GTI R5, which is designed for motorsport series like WRC. This rally-spec car is equipped with a smaller 1.6-litre engine, which is capable of producing 268bhp and 400Nm of torque. Power is transmitted to all-4 wheels via a close-stepped, sequential, 5-speed racing gearbox. It is capable of accelerating to 100kmph from zero in just 4.1 seconds.