If the rumours are correct it would appear that a Volkswagen Polo R is going to be the next fast VeeDub, hot on the heels of the new Polo GTI (pictured).
Following Volkswagen’s announcement that they were setting up a dedicated ‘R’ division it was almost a foregone conclusion that the little Polo would get some special treatment, following in the footsteps of the Golf R and Scirocco R.
Although no details have been officially released it’s likely that the Polo R will use a tuned version of the new 1.6-litre TSI engine, replacing the 1.4-litre TSI in the GTI, and could offer as much as 210bhp. Unfortunately the Polo’s smaller PQ25 chassis doesn’t leave room for the all-wheel drive transmission that is used on the Golf R, so the Polo R will be driven through the front wheels only.
While the Polo GTI will be arriving this summer, don’t expect to see the Polo R until 2012 at the earliest.