In top form, both technically and visually: Volkswagen has presented the second generation of the Polo R WRC in Autostadt, Wolfsburg. The works team from Wolfsburg has its sights set firmly on another successful defence of its titles in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) with a new car and a new look. Volkswagen completed a clean sweep of all the World Championship titles when the Polo R WRC made its debut in 2013, before repeating this impressive feat last season. Continuity is the key to the driving line-up
This is the fastest Polo ever made and it has remained almost the same as the concept. It’s based on the fifth-gen Polo and comes with the Golf GTI’s 4-cylinder, 2.0-liter turbo gasoline engine that produces 220HP (162 kW) and 348 Nm (258 lb-ft) of torque.
Power is sent to front wheels via a short-shift 6-speed manual transmission that enables the hottest Polo to perform the 0-100 km/h sprint in 6.4 seconds and reach a top speed of 243 km/h (151 mph). Volkswagen says that it can return 31.6 mpg US – 7.4 liters / 100 km with CO2 emissions of 174 g/km.