VW Polo GTI Mk6 – advance sales start in Germany

First introduced at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September this year, advance sales of the Mk6 Volkswagen Polo GTI has now begun in Germany, with the range-topping variant being priced at 23,950 euros (RM115,623).

Under the bonnet is a 2.0 litre TSI engine, which replaces the outgoing car’s 1.8 litre TSI, rated at 200 PS and 320 Nm. Paired with a six-speed DSG dual-clutch gearbox, the five-door hot hatch will do the 0-100 km/h sprint in just 6.7 seconds, and hit a top speed of 237 km/h. A six-speed manual version will be offered at a later date.

A bunch of GTI parts help mark out the hot Polo from a regular one, including a new front bumper with honeycomb elements, a red stripe that extends from the grille into the optional LED headlights, large rear spoiler and dual tail pipes. You’ll also find 18-inch wheels (an option) with red brake calipers as well as GTI badging.

Inside, the Polo GTI comes with Clark tartan seats, a sports steering wheel with red contrast stitching, black rooflining and a GTI gear knob. Optional extras include the Active Info Display, driver assistance systems, adjustable sports running gear, panoramic sliding sunroof and a 300-watt Beats sound system.

The sixth-generation Polo has already been awarded a five-star safety rating by the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP), applicable to all variants of the supermini, including the GTI.