Shortly after the sixth generation, Polo was unveiled, Volkswagen has (ofcourse) introduced the GTI version of this compact hatchback, adding that extra bit of grunt and sporty to the package. Needless to say, this bearer of the legendary acronym spearheads the Polo segment in terms of performance and technology.
The heart of a GTI is always its engine. Like all its predecessors, this one is also front-wheel drive. Power comes from the turbo-charged 2.-litre four cylinder engine, rated for 204bhp and a 0-100kmph sprint time of 6.5 seconds. It’s channeled to the front wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission (DSG), which comes as standard. Among the highlights of the turbo engine in the new Polo GTI, which is installed transversely at the front of the car, are such features as a dual injection system with combined direct and intake-manifold fuel injection, an engine control unit with four core processors, and an electronic valve-lift system on the inlet side.
As you would expect from a GTI, this Polo also comes with a sports chassis, tailored specially to the car, as standard. It lowers the chassis by 15 millimetres and guarantees the typical GTI synthesis of driving dynamics, safe neutrality and a high degree of driving comfort.
Also standard are the new IQ.Light – LED matrix headlights and an illuminated radiator grille bar as a distinctive enhancement to the daytime running light. This sees the sporty new Polo form a stylistic bridge to Volkswagen’s fully-electric ID. models and the new generation of successful models like the Golf, Arteon and Tiguan, which also come with this striking LED light strip, which is typical of new Volkswagens.
The most striking visual change to the rear of the new Polo GTI is the newly-designed LED rear lights with animated brake light and integrated dynamic indicators, which indicate a change in direction with flowing light movements. The new, GTI-specific bumper gives the compact sports car an even more commanding and broader visual presence on the roads. The Adaptive Front Lighting System (AFS), which is integrated in the side of the bumper and controlled via the main headlights, has been redesigned and now gives an even more concise lighting effect.
High-performance hatchbacks like the Polo GTI appeal to a few, hence they take the CBU route to enter India, thus attracting a heavy sticker price. So was the case with the earlier Polo GTI as well, but that one had lesser doors. Should VW bring this to India?