What makes this study special - aside from the fact that it promises to be faster than the Golf GTI, is that the German company confirmed that it previews a production model due for launch in late 2013.
As you have probably already guessed by know, the Polo R WRC Street is inspired by the company’s entry in the World Rally Championship starting from 2013.
Whereas the racing Polo R WRC sports a 1.6-liter TSI engine with 295hp (300PS), the road-going prototype makes use of the VW Group’s tried and tested 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine rated at 217-horsepower (220PS), or 10-horsepower more than the Golf GTI.
The Polo R WRC Street stands out from its lesser siblings thanks to an assortment of new aero parts like the redesigned front bumper with larger vents and a lip spoiler, a rear diffuser, black wheel arch extensions, a rear wing and larger alloy wheels.
We also get a sneak peek of the interior that boasts new sport seats and a steering wheel rim covered in Alcantara.
Volkswagen added that the car’s chassis has been upgraded with a lowered sports suspension.
The car rides on new 17-inch alloy wheels while the finishing touch comes from the tinted side and rear windows.
Inside, the Urban White model features a black roof lining and new seats trimmed in grey upholstery and alcantara with black leather bolsters, along with silver decorative trim for the dashboard and matching color stitching on the steering wheel, handbrake, gearshift lever and floor mats.
In Germany, buyers can select from an engine lineup that includes four-petrol and three turbocharged diesel units with outputs ranging from 68hp (70PS) to 103hp (105PS). Prices start from €18,975 (US$24,590) for the 68hp 1.2-liter petrol engine with a five-speed manual transmission.
The R-Line is based on the specification of the Polo Match and is available in Britain in both three- and five-door body styles but only one engine, the 1.2-litre 105 PS TSI petrol unit linked to a six-speed manual gearbox.
On the outside, the exterior package bundles a sports front bumper, tinted rear windows, a black gloss radiator grille with R Line badging, deeper side sills and 16-inch ‘Mallory’ alloy wheels along with a rear bumper housing a diffuser and a chrome tail pipe.
Inside, the R-Line model is distinguished by the brushed aluminium scuff plates with R Line logos, the sport seats clothed in a bespoke upholstery, a leather-trimmed three-spoke steering wheel with an R Line logo, aluminium sport pedals, and black cloth roof lining.
Standard equipment features include an audio system with six speakers and multi-device interface, for plugging in an iPod or other compatible device, semi-automatic air conditioning and all the usual electronic comforts.
Volkswagen says that the 104hp (105PS) TSI engine propels the Polo R-Line to 62mph (100km/h) in 9.7 seconds en route to a top speed of 118mph (190km/h), while returning a combined fuel economy of 53.3 mpg UK and CO2 emissions of 124 g/km.
On the road prices start at £15,195 for the three-door model, rising to £15,815 for the five-door version.
Volkswagen has introduced two R-Line styling packages. The first is the R-Line Exterior package that is available as an option for the Polo Comfortline (€1,450) and the Polo Highline (€1,010).
It includes 16- or optionally 17-inch alloy wheels shod in beefy 215 tires, black gloss finish for the front grille, model-specific front and rear bumpers, a rear diffuser, chrome tail pipes, a roof spoiler, side skirts, fog lamps and LED license plate illumination.
The second option for the Polo is the R-Line Plus that styles up the interior. Priced at €855 for the Polo Comfortline and €450 for the Polo Highline, it brings a pair of sport seats up front (optionally available in Alcantara and leather), black roof lining, a sport leather steering wheel, glossy black dashboard trim, and aluminum pedals and door sills.