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.