VW Premieres New Polo GTI; “Textbook Downsizing” Results in 25% Reduction in Fuel Consumption from Predecessor
|The new Volkswagen Polo GTI. Click to enlarge.|
Volkswagen is premiering the new Polo GTI. The new Polo GTI, in what Volkswagen is calling “textbook downsizing”, is powered by a new 1.4-liter TSI with gasoline direct injection plus turbo- and supercharging. The engine, which delivers 132 kW (177 hp), is coupled with a 7-speed DSG as standard.
Weighing 1,194 kg, the Polo GTI accelerates to 100 km/h in 6.9 seconds and reaches a top speed of 229 km/h. At the same time, it is VW’s most fuel-efficient and lowest emitting GTI. Combined fuel consumption is 5.9 L/100km (40 mpg US)—equivalent to CO2 emissions of 139 g/km.
By comparison, its direct predecessor with regard to power—equipped with a 132 kW 1.8-liter turbo engine—consumed 7.9 L/100km (30 mpg US)—equivalent to 188 g/km CO2. The new GTI reduces fuel consumption by 25%.
The 177 hp Euro-5 16-valve four-cylinder engine reaches its maximum power at 6,200 rpm. Maximum torque of 250 N·m (184 lb-ft) is there from 2,000 rpm and stays at a constantly high level up to 4,500 rpm.
The GTI variant in the Polo model range is sporty and safe. Among the systems responsible for this is the GTI sport chassis including ESP and the XDS electronic transverse differential lock. It ensures that the Polo GTI’s power is cleanly transferred to the road, even in tight curves. The running gear is based on the fundamental layout of a McPherson front suspension and semi-independent rear suspension combined with exceptionally dynamic tuning.
The tradition of the sporty top Polo model versions reaches back nearly a 25 years and is based on the Polo Coupé G40 from 1986—the first car ever to be equipped with a mechanical G-charger.
Its engine had a power of 83 kW / 111 hp and made the Polo G40, which in top condition today is a collector’s item, nearly 200 km/h fast. The predecessor of the new Polo GTI first switched over to turbo technology in 2006. Its base version had a power of 110 kW / 148 hp; the Cup Edition then took this figure up to 177 hp.
The first new Polo GTIs will appear in Germany at the end of May, and will then progressively be introduced across Europe and in Japan.