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  • Justin

    Unfortunate but it would take sales away from the 3dr gti, this car would be a cracker on the road

  • QueenMojo

    Awesome news! I have always found the WRC to be more exciting than the other racing championships.

    Good to see more manufacturers participating in the WRC. Got really boring with just Ford and Citroen fighting it out. Now we have Mini and Volkswagen! The Japanese manufacturers should start looking at rejoining the WRC too! Any maybe the Koreans too!

    • Leyianart

      Agree!

      Pitty there won’t be a Road worthy Polo R (seems the crown stays with the Clio RS 200), but a great addition to the WRC.

      About the Koreans I think they are developing the Hyundai Roadster WRC as we speak, so more competition.

      My desire would be Renault Sport to come back and Peugeot.

  • “james”

    1) designers don’t draw with pencil anymore, they use PC software and touch sensitive monitors with stylus devices
    2) Manurfacturers/importers usually use the ploy of “no we won’t be bringing it in tot he market” as a litmus test for demand.
    3) Motorsport is PR, and PR equates to sales, and in marketing PR is recongised as being more effective than traditional marketing
    4) Motorsport in general has two categories the “Production car similar classes”, ie british touring cars, WRC etc and the “race modified series” ie Lemans Dakar. The production classes has more emphasis on promoting the actual car, ie polo, lancer etc and the race modified classes has an emphasis on promoting the brand in general, ie VW Tourag in Dakar means VW is “Strong” more than that the tourag only is strong. When VW want to show this for the tourag specifically they do those silly PR campaigns like “Tourag pulls a plane” “tourags pull down a chimney” etc.

    so, with this in mind, if a manufacturer uses a car in motorsport, this means they are promoting not only the brand in general but also the actual car, so in my opinion, the Polo R will go on sale…eventually.

    • Bill Murray

      DRL’s on a WRC Car? Sounds like a production feature to me too…

  • Octavian

    One little pocket rocket. Too bad about the non-road version, it would make mincemeat of many sport hatches now on the market.

    • Leyianart

      Well there is a problem with this Polo R WRC to become a road version.

      The wider wheel base and the wheel arches pop out, we all know these never apply to road cars. So a road worthy Polo R with the same wheel base with the actual Polo GTI will affect stability/balance.

      The best handling/balanced cars always have the best chassis and perfect wheel base dimensions from birth.

  • jerry

    Cool, i’m going start watching wrc’s now.

  • jerry

    To James. If they do bring it out it will most likely be a scaled down version with maybe ~160KW of power. Whether it will have a 1.6litre engine I wouldn’t know.
    I suppose this would imply that the Golf24 would eventually be released….now that would be a cracker although I could instead just get an Audi TTRS.

  • Ex salesman

    Skoda have this one wrapped up, concentrate on the dakkar and leave this alone, it’s a but desperate

  • Steve

    Skoda competes in the IRC, not the WRC. Completely different championships with different technical regulations.

    • Leyianart

      I actually prefer IRC just because they Rally more on Tarmac, but I still love WRC.

  • Charles

    Now both BMW and VW r in the party, I want to see Mercedes in it too!

  • Kenny

    How ridiculous. I’ve never owned a VW, but if they produced one of these, I’d definately walk into a VW showroom, and probably walk out with one.

    Worked for Subaru. PRODUCE IT VW!!!!

  • http://www.hyundaii20.net/ Shweta Das

    The new volkswagen polo definitely looks interesting and uber cool and it is quite spacious too.Thats what i think at

    least.It will definitely take the market with a storm because it has almost everything that a person needs in a car.

Volkswagen Polo Specs

Car Details
Make
VOLKSWAGEN
Model
POLO
Year
1996
Body Type
5D HATCHBACK
Seats
5
Engine Specifications
Engine Type
ELECTRONIC F/INJ
Engine Size
1.6L
Cylinders
INLINE 4
Max. Torque
135Nm @  2800rpm
Max. Power
55kW @  5200rpm
Pwr:Wgt Ratio
59.8W/kg
Bore & Stroke
76.5x86.9mm
Compression Ratio
9.8
Valve Gear
SINGLE OVERHEAD CAM
Drivetrain Specifications
Transmission
5 SP MANUAL
Drive Type
FRONT WHEEL DRIVE
Final Drive Ratio
3.33
Fuel Specifications
Fuel Type
PREMIUM UNLEADED PETROL
Fuel Tank Capacity
45
Fuel Consumption (Combined)
7.2L / 100km
Weight & Measurement
Kerb Weight
920
Gross Vehicle Weight
Not Provided
Height
1420mm
Length
3715mm
Width
1655mm
Ground Clearance
120mm
Towing Capacity
Brake:800  Unbrake:450
Steering & Suspension
Steering Type
RACK & PINION - POWER ASSISTED
Turning Circle
10.1
Front Rim Size
5.5Jx13
Rear Rim Size
5.5Jx13
Front Tyres
175/65 R13
Rear Tyres
175/65 R13
Wheel Base
2400
Front Track
1351
Rear Track
1384
Front Brakes
DISC
Rear Brakes
DRUM
Standard Features
Driver
Power Steering
Entertainment
Radio CD with 4 Speakers
Exterior
Power Mirrors
Interior
Cloth Trim, Power Windows Front
Safety
Dual Airbag Package
Security
Central Locking, Engine Immobiliser
Optional Features
Comfort
Air Conditioning
Other
Service Interval
12 months /  15,000 kms
Warranty
36 months /  60,000 kms
VIN Plate Location
8-I-12
Country of Origin
GERMANY