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In­sid­ers at Volk­swa­gen have re­vealed that pro­to­types of a high-out­put R ver­sion of the Polo have been built for eval­u­a­tion pur­poses, but there is no de­ci­sion yet whether a Polo R has a pro­duc­tion fu­ture.

The mod­i­fi­ca­tion is rel­a­tively easy, be­cause the Polo GTI’S 2.0-litre engine is the same unit fit­ted to the Golf R. “There is enough room for all the ex­tra cool­ing in the Polo, for sure,” said Ralf Kölling, VW’S di­rec­tor of small car lines.

The Polo could also ac­cept the Golf R’s four-wheel drive sys­tem be­cause the cars have the same plat­form.

But the ex­tra weight and cost might push the Polo too far into Golf ter­ri­tory.

Other VW Group brands – Seat and Skoda – plan to use the 300bhp R engine in hot mod­els, which could also help make a case for the Polo R.

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