VW TRIES OUT 300BHP POLO R
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.