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 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.