Clio RS 18 v Polo GTI drag race - video

It's France v Germany in this latest hot hatch shootout. Who comes out on top?
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The all-new Volkswagen Polo GTI has hit the market around the world – including Australia. So how does its performance compare to that of rivals?

South Africa's decided to pit the new hot Polo against the Renault Clio RS 18 in an old-school drag race this week, posting the video to its YouTube channel.

On paper, the two light hatches are closely matched. The Clio makes 162kW/280Nm from its 1.6-litre turbo, and claims to hit 100km/h from a standstill in 6.6 seconds. Meanwhile, the Volkswagen makes 147kW/320Nm from its larger 2.0-litre turbo, claiming a 0-100 dash in 6.7 seconds.

It's also worth noting that the Polo is around 100kg heavier than its French equivalent.

Who wins? Check out the clip below: