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Old 12-31-2008, 12:08 PM   #1
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Hot hatch fans rejoice – the Golf GTI is getting a little brother!

VW has an all-new Polo on the way in 2009, and is readying the wildest, fastest and sportiest version ever to top the range.

Following in the footsteps of the MkV Golf GTI – which showed VW could still produce amazing performance cars when it launched in 2004 – the Polo GTI looks set to be a sales smash hit.

As you can see, the flagship won’t be short of visual aggression. All the classic GTI design cues are there, from the piano black grille highlighted in red to the GTI badging and deep air intakes.

Neat touches include muscular flared arches, filled by gorgeous alloys. The look is finished off by a subtle roof spoiler and bodykit – and the result is by far the most
distinctive Polo ever made.

Inside, the cabin will see some dramatic leaps in quality, with similar soft-touch plastics to those in the latest MkVI Golf (tested on Page 40). But what will really make the newcomer stand out will be its detailing – which includes figure-hugging sports seats, red piping and racy aluminium pedals.

The next Polo will be similar in size to the outgoing machine. But as it shares the PQ25 small car platform that underpins the latest SEAT Ibiza, more space has been freed up inside. Using this chassis as a base, company engineers will also add stiffer springs and thicker anti-roll bars, plus sophisticated traction and stability control systems.

When it was launched, the MkV Golf GTI set the standard for modern performance VWs, and the Polo GTI aims to have a similar impact. It will combine accurate steering and limited body roll with a compliant ride. Completing the package is a set of upgraded brakes.

However, the Polo’s hottest asset will be its engine: a 1.4-litre supercharged and
turbocharged four-cylinder TSI, which will grace the Ibiza Cupra early in 2009.

This produces 178bhp and 250Nm of torque in the GTI, and gives a 0-60mph time of around seven seconds and a 140mph top speed.

What will make the car fun to drive will be the way its power is delivered. The combination of turbo and supercharging means there will be a broad spread of torque at low revs, with muscular urge continuing all the way to the red line. The engine’s small capacity will also translate into strong economy and CO2 emissions. Figures of 40mpg and less than 150g/km are expected.

As with the Cupra, the GTI gets a six-speed manual box as standard, with a fast-shifting seven-ratio DSG box an option.

While the new Polo is set to make its world debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, the GTI won’t be seen until early 2010. A price of around £15,500 is likely.
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Old 12-31-2008, 12:12 PM   #2
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That totally should have been the 'Rabbit' they tried to re-launch over here.
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Old 12-31-2008, 12:21 PM   #3
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That is so F#$%ING HOT! I'd hit it in a sec!!! WOW! Soooooooooooo S E X Y !
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Old 12-31-2008, 12:29 PM   #4
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Between this, the MKVI Golf GTI, and the Scirocco, VW is going to make it a tough decision for someone wanting a small hot hatch. All models look awesome!

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Old 12-31-2008, 12:31 PM   #5
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Another car I'd be interested in if only they sold it here.
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Old 12-31-2008, 03:07 PM   #6
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0-60 in 7? 40mpg? $20k?

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Where do I sign?
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Old 12-31-2008, 03:32 PM   #7
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Love the car, still hate those awful wheels....
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Old 12-31-2008, 05:01 PM   #8
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It's an AutoExpress rendering of a Polo with Golf GTI stuff pasted on (the last pic is of a Golf). There's no reason to assume that any of this stuff (the styling stuff, wheels.. etc) will make it onto the Polo GTI.

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Old 12-31-2008, 05:27 PM   #9
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so how big is this car going to be, like the size of a Mini or just slightly smaller than the Golf GTI?
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Old 12-31-2008, 05:43 PM   #10
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Judging by the circumference of the wheels relative to the length of the wheelbase as well as the visual height and mass of the car...

...I have no idea.
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Old 12-31-2008, 06:40 PM   #11
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so how big is this car going to be, like the size of a Mini or just slightly smaller than the Golf GTI?
It's going to be smaller than the Golf. Current Polo is under 4m length.
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Old 12-31-2008, 06:42 PM   #12
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Love the car, still hate those awful wheels....
thank god wheels are easy to change.
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Old 12-31-2008, 06:49 PM   #13
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Oh good another budget performance car that gets Recaro seats standard. Looks good though, I always sort of think I might like a GTI but then I remember it's VW.
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Old 12-31-2008, 08:51 PM   #14
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So its a lighter, more than likely overpriced, unreliable, slow hatch, that I can fit 1/2 my family in?
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Old 12-31-2008, 09:39 PM   #15
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So its a lighter, more than likely overpriced, unreliable, slow hatch, that I can fit 1/2 my family in?
So what you're looking for is an 8-seater that does 0-60 in significantly less than 7 seconds for $15k new. Good luck with that.
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Old 12-31-2008, 09:40 PM   #16
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How is rendered images and speculative information "unleashed?"
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Old 01-01-2009, 12:53 AM   #17
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So its a lighter, more than likely overpriced, unreliable, slow hatch, that I can fit 1/2 my family in?
Considering all your surly, apologetic GM posts, "hey pot, this is kettle!"

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Old 01-01-2009, 01:26 AM   #18
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Interesting! I'd like to see this little car... assuming it will be little.
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Old 01-01-2009, 01:35 AM   #19
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wow it looks nice, I wonder if it will be all that good, interior wise. They have had polos in mexico before and let me tell you , quality totatly sucked, cheaper than dodge neon suck.haha.
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Old 01-01-2009, 09:15 AM   #20
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I am not an apologist for GM, but I am sure to point to the other side of the coin when I can.

Is the VW a nice car, sure, but nothing really new or exciting, and the nod they concerning quality if just a little silly, then again they aren't an evil domestic.
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So what you're looking for is an 8-seater that does 0-60 in significantly less than 7 seconds for $15k new. Good luck with that.
That press release said 15,500 pounds, not dollars. That's 30k USD +/-.
Great Deal. Sign me up for one and one of those Chrysler Town and Country minivans that they re-badged with the Star Wars-themed name.
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That press release said 15,500 pounds, not dollars. That's 30k USD +/-.
Great Deal. Sign me up for one and one of those Chrysler Town and Country minivans that they re-badged with the Star Wars-themed name.
And an Impreza STI is £28k in England, but it amazingly comes here for $35k. But you already knew that you couldn't do a straight up currency conversion, right?

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Old 01-01-2009, 11:50 AM   #23
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Polo would be nice competition against the upcoming Ford Fiesta.

I can't wait to sit in the 2010 GTi @ NAIAS. From what I hear the interior quality is much improved over the V:

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