19 February 2010 - 09:00
VW shrinks Golf GTI...
If you have always lusted after a Golf GTI but couldn't quite reach the pedals, VW has announced that it will introduce this, the Polo GTI, at the Geneva show in March.
It looks every inch the little brother to Top Gear's Car of the Year, and will pack a 1.4-litre engine developing 132kW.
With a supercharger providing boost up to 3,000rpm, and a turbocharger kicking in higher up the rev range, it'll hit 100km/h in 6.9 seconds and top out at 228km/h.
The GTI will come with a seven-speed DSG gearbox as standard, and will sit lower, on stiffer springs than the Polo. It'll also get VW's ‘XDS' electronic differential to stop you understeering into a tree.
In a slightly less raucous way than the awesome Clio R27, we reckon the Polo GTI could be rather tidy. With Ford looking unlikely to release a Fiesta ST any time this millennium, could this be the Slightly Sensible Small Hot Hatch Of Choice If The Clio R27 Is A Bit Mental For Your Daily Commute?
We'll find out when the Polo GTI arrives later in the year.
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i dont like how every new vw front end apes the scirroco's.
Supercharged, and turbocharged. What a ripper of a little car.
I've always loved the Polo GTI, a nanna-mobile with hair on it's chest. Now it's got the biceps to match!
I know this car can deliver and is very very well made.