The new Mk6 Volkswagen Polo GTI has made its motor show debut at the ongoing IAA 2017 in Frankfurt. The latest Polo GTI is the performance flagship of the sixth-generation Polo range that surfaced in June this year. This time, the hot hatch is five-door only, with the three-door variant dropped.

We already know that the new Polo GTI comes with a bigger and brawnier 2.0 litre TSI engine with 200 PS (outgoing car had 192 PS from a 1.8 TSI) – now we know that it also has 320 Nm of torque from 1,500 rpm, and that it does 0-100 km/h in 6.7 seconds with a six-speed DSG dual-clutch gearbox. Top speed is 237 km/h. A six-speed manual will be available next year.

To compare, the latest Fiesta ST pumps out 200 PS and 290 Nm of torque, but from a downsized 1.5 litre three-cylinder turbo engine. With a six-speed manual gearbox, it also races from 0-100 km/h in 6.7 seconds. The fast Fiesta is three-door and much smaller in size, though.

Compared to the previous Polo GTI, this new one is lower and longer, wider and lower, with its wheelbase getting a significant 94 mm bump. For the first time, the Polo GTI, which sits on a shortened MQB modular platform, gets optional Sport Select active dampers. The standard fixed sports suspension sits 15 mm lower than the non-GTI spec items.

The hot Polo gets the usual GTI add-ons, including a unique front bumper design with honeycomb elements, a red stripe that extends from the grille into the LED headlights, large rear spoiler and dual tail pipes. 18-inch wheels with red brake calipers and plenty of GTI badging complete the exterior makeover.

Inside, it gets GTI trademark Clark tartan seats, a sports steering wheel with red contrast stitching, black rooflining and a GTI gear knob. A second-generation Active Info Display, Front Assist area monitoring system with City Emergency Braking and Active Cruise Control are also available, among others tech.