The Volkswagen Polo GTI was shown at the end of October last year at the Tokyo International Motor Show. I’ve posted about it before, but I thought it would be nice if I’d do another feature on it right after my post on the Volkswagen Polo Bluemotion. Kind of like two opposite ends of the Polo model range you know, one of them offers mega mileage and the other one offers you mega horsepower :)
The Volkswagen Polo GTI pays tribute to the original 1986 Volkswagen Polo G40, the original performance Volkswagen Polo. It had a 115 horsepower 1.3 litre force inducted powerplant put down to the ground with the front wheels. 0-100km/h took 9 seconds and the little pocket rocket’s top speed was 195km/h. Pretty good for a 1.3 litre mini-car back in the 1980s.
The new Volkswagen Polo GTI bears some similiarity to it’s older brother, the Volkswagen Golf GTI in terms of bodykit design. Under the hood is a 1.8 litre four-cylinder powerplant making 150 horsepower with the help of a intercooled turbocharger. 150 horsepower from a turbocharged 1.8 litre engine isn’t really all that impressive, and you would expect at least 180 horsepower. Volkswagen probably wanted to match the engine output to the chassis size. The 1.8 litre engine is a 20 valve engine, 5 valves per cylinder – 2 inlets and 3 outlets. Torque is a maximum of 220Nm from below 2000rpm. The engine is probably tuned for low-end power, which explains the low peak horsepower. But I reckon a simple rechip would unlock all that extra horses if you need them.