R8 goes top­less

Shock, hor­ror! All-new Polo GTI is more of a mini-Golf than ever

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All the tech and toys in­side the Ger­man sports car.

This is the brand-new, MkVI VW Polo, but we’ll skip to the three let­ters that will pique your in­ter­est— GTI. It’s the range-top­per (un­less VW is plan­ning an R), and gets a slightly big­ger en­gine than its pre­de­ces­sor. And more power.

So there’s now a 2.0-liter turbo with 192hp (com­pared to the out­go­ing GTI’s 1.8-liter unit and 187hp), matched to your choice of six-speed man­ual or seven-speed DSG driv­ing the front wheels. There’s a stan­dard “sport” chas­sis, and an op­tional “sport se­lect” chas­sis (adap­tive dampers), along with a spe­cially de­signed front bumper, badges, op­tional LEDs, sill

ex­ten­sions and the clas­sic GTI in­te­rior. You know, tar­tan seats, sport steer­ing wheel and red stitch­ing.

It’s built on VW’s MQB A0 plat­form, which—if you don’t spend your evenings recit­ing VW Group chas­sis nomen­cla­ture—is the com­pany’s base for com­pact cars. We’re told it al­lows for in­creased wheel­base, length and width, but sim­i­lar height, so the new Polo is a much big­ger car. “The Polo is no longer just the small sib­ling of the Golf when it comes to its in­te­rior,” VW ex­plains. “It is no longer the car that peo­ple only buy when they can­not af­ford the Golf.” Hmm. If you don’t fancy a GTI, there are other en­gines like a 1.0-liter petrol and a 1.6-liter diesel with up to 94hp, and in­side there’s a new­gen­er­a­tion dash with cen­ter screens rang­ing from 6.5in to 8in, bet­ter, clearer graph­ics and back­ground light­ing. Much like the Golf.

Tar­tan, red stitch­ing and feel­ing you should’ve saved up more, all stan­dard

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