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The standard features list on the 2015 Volkswagen Polo GTI has been given a significant boost this week as part of an MY16 update, just shy of three months on from the local launch of the newly updated model.

Just as market demand moved the company to reintroduce a manual transmission into the Volkswagen Polo GTI as part of April’s mid-life facelift, those prayers have been answered once again.

Announced today alongside a host of major value improvements on the wider Volkswagen range, the Polo GTI is now equipped with the trick Sport Select system introduced in Europe last year.

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Unlike the adaptive damping offered with its larger Golf GTI sibling, the Polo GTI’s Sport Select system is a driver-selectable function only.

Enabling the system stiffens suspension, while also adjusting steering weight, throttle response and the car’s sound actuator system.

This update marks the first appearance of Sport Select with the local Polo GTI, having been left off the local range when it launched in April.

But, while the system is available in Europe as an optional extra, it comes to the local Polo GTI as standard equipment.

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To have the Sport Select system arrive so soon is surprising, although its potential had never been ruled out: speaking with CarAdvice in December, Volkswagen spokesperson Karl Gehling confirmed the company would monitor demand.

 

The upgrade makes the Polo GTI unique among its peers, with no direct rivals – such as the Fiesta ST, Clio RS and 208 GTi – offering a comparable system.

As a performance-focused system, Sport Select is unique to the GTI model, but buyers shopping across the Polo range can now also look forward to the new advanced connectivity features offered with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Mirrorlink.

Those updates come with price changes that range from a $100 reduction to a $500 increase for regular Polo models, but, impressively, the Polo GTI’s price remains unchanged at $27,990 plus on-road costs.

Update: 

This week, Gehling confirmed that feedback from buyers and media alike had moved the company to introduce the upgrade.

“We received a lot of consistent feedback from both you – the media – and from customer regarding the Sport Select suspension which is why we decided to revise the model,” Gehling said.




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