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.
Sébastien Ogier has been signed as the first official Volkswagen driver for the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC). The 27-year-old Frenchman and his co-driver Julien Ingrassia (31) are joining the Volkswagen Motorsport squad effective immediately. Ogier, who finished the 2011 WRC in third place, will be instrumental in helping to shape the development of the Polo R WRC for Volkswagen’s 2013 entry in the World Rally Championship.
Sébastien Ogier heißt der erste offizielle Volkswagen-Pilot für die FIA-Rallye-Weltmeisterschaft (WRC). Der 27-jährige Franzose wechselt mit sofortiger Wirkung zusammen mit seinem Co-Piloten Julien Ingrassia (31) zur Mannschaft von Volkswagen Motorsport. Der WM-Dritte von 2011 wird dort die Entwicklung des Polo R WRC für den Einstieg von Volkswagen in die Rallye-Weltmeisterschaft ab 2013 maßgeblich mitgestalten.
Volkswagen is back to the WRC: In 2013 Volkswagen will start contesting the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) with the Polo R WRC. After three consecutive victories at the Dakar Rally, Volkswagen has set itself new aims. By 2013 Volkswagen will develop a near-300-hp rally vehicle with a 1.6-litre TSI engine and four-wheel drive based on the Polo.