Following footsteps of Subaru and Mitsubishi, Volkswagen is reportedly readying a Polo R hot hatch to complement its Polo R WRC program.
As you might know Volkswagen recently announced its World Rally Championship program which will begin in 2013 with a specially prepared Polo R WRC powered by a 1.6 liter turbo engine. The Polo R road-going will also come in the same year as the rally car.
The VW Polo R is expected to get a variant of the firm’s 1.4 liter TSI engine which, given the 177 bhp output of the Polo GTI, should make at least 200 bhp. So what we are waiting for is basically a modern-day take on the original Golf GTI, only it’s called the Polo! The current Golf GTI is heavy and fat and nowhere near as fun as the original GTI which was light and nimble and agile. The Polo R with its small size and big power could bring back some of the lunacy, some of the joy.