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These are the first photos of the Volkswagen Polo GTI Mk5 facelift, released quite a few months after the vanilla Polo facelift was revealed in January this year.

As suggested by earlier reports, power is up on the facelift, but what’s most interesting is that the motor has been changed under the hood – the 1.4 TSI engine that employs both a supercharger and turbocharger has been swapped out for a new 1.8 TSI. With the B-segment hot hatch playing-field normally running 1.6 litre turbo engines, that’s a relatively big displacement.

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As a result, the Polo GTI now has 190 PS and 320 Nm – up from 180 PS and 250 Nm in the current model. A small bump in horsepower, but a massive increase in torque! The 0-100 km/h sprint improves to 6.7 seconds.

The new 1.8 litre engine can now had with either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed DSG dual clutch automatic, as reports indicated – the pre-facelift was DSG-only.

Other features include LED headlamps, adaptive sports suspension. Hopefully, more details will be revealed at Paris 2014, where the car is making its debut.