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From uk-mkivs articles.



Wolfsburg, 03 April 2006 - The new Polo GTI is about to
be launched. Delivering 110kW/150hp, it is the most powerful Polo since the
series was introduced over 30 years ago. The exterior and interior concept of
this potent super mini is deliberately true to the legendary Golf GTI. The Polo
GTI will be launched on the first markets this spring.

The GTI label is one of the most famous in the automobile world. The last
Polo GTI made its debut in 1998. It delivered 125hp and reached a top speed of
205km/h. In the latest version, 150hp allows a top speed of exactly 216km/h. The
other key data for the new Polo GTI is as follows:
0 to 100km/h in 8.2
seconds, a maximum torque of 220Nm (at 1,950rpm) and an average consumption of
7.8 litres. The tradition of sporty top of the range Polos is incidentally
twenty years old: It began in 1986 with 115hp in the Polo G40.

Like the Golf GTI, the new Polo GTI also has a turbo-charged engine with
intercooler. The GTI badge does, of course, demand the appropriate torque
development. In the Polo GTI, a 1.8-litre five-valve four-cylinder provides
powerful acceleration at low revs and top elasticity values. The Polo GTI needs
just 7.5 seconds to jump from 80 to 120km/h in fourth gear.

The Polo GTI is a thoroughly sporty and safe car with impressive driving
properties plus a special GTI exterior and interior. If we take the exterior,
for example: At the front, this ?little? GTI features the typical radiator
grille styling of the ?big? GTI ? black, V-shaped and with an upper air intake
in honeycomb mesh. The double headlights are also framed in black as are the
standard fog lights in the outer air intakes. A very prominent roof spoiler
(with integrated third brake light) has been placed above the tailgate providing
ideal downforce on the rear axle. Further down you will notice the chrome twin
exhaust tail pipes.

It is no secret that black, silver or red paintwork goes best with the GTI
styling. The front and rear brake callipers on the mighty disc brakes are also
red. The 16-inch alloy wheels in the style of the Golf GTI with their five
U-shaped openings have the effect of a stroboscope. They even clearly display
the callipers at high speed on the road. The tyre size is 205/45 R 16. The tyres
reach deep inside the wheel arches. The sports chassis (with standard ESP) is 15
millimetres lower than the standard version. Black side skirting underlines the
dynamic chassis configuration.

As is the tradition, the new Polo GTI features special sports seats with the
typical checked ?Interlagos? pattern. The sports steering wheel, gearstick knob
and gaiter as well as the handbrake grip are leather. A metal-like surface
enhances the look and feel of the centre console and panels around the side air
vents in the cockpit. Features like red cross stitching inside the steering
wheel and the red edges of the black seat belts, show the great attention to the
finest of details. This also applies to the metal embossed shift pattern on the
gearstick knob and to the aluminium pedals.

Fully-equipped GTI: Nothing has been sacrificed for the sake of sportiness in
the Polo GTI. The controls are well-organised as usual, the quality is
excellent, the cargo space is large (270 to 1,030 litres) and the rear bench is
flexible (folding bench and backrest split 1/3 to 2/3). The proven body plus the
front and side airbags ensure a reassuring level of passive safety ? the front
passenger airbag can be deactivated.

So, who's going to be the first to remap it [:D]

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i bet thats gonna be one fast car once the tuners get their hands on it! looks nice, like a baby golf from the front!
I thought the same but the Polo weighs an incredible 1283kg so it won't be much quicker than MKIV Golf when remapped.
 

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I'm a little worried! Can't be overtaken by a Polo!

Isn't 1283 heavier than the Golf? My Anni weighs that and a normal GTi is lighter!

No doubt handle better though! .....Still worried! [:S]

Knew I should have bought the CupraR! oh poo!
 

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Isn't 1283 heavier than the Golf? My Anni weighs that and a normal GTi is lighter!

No doubt handle better though! .....Still worried! [:S]
Not sure if it will handle much better than a Mk4 - I think they're still using torsion beam rear suspension on the Polo GTI, unlike the multi-link setup in the Mk5 Golf. [:(]
 

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Outgoing MK4 Golf GTI weighed in the mid 1200kg's.... so the Polo if anything is heavier.

Shame that, could have been an absolute pocket rocket if it was lighter.
 

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I read, about a year ago, in a Car Magazine article that when they were developing the Polo GTi they fitted the 180bhp engine, it turned out to be very very close to the MkV Golf GTi in terms of performance numbers so they were told to slow it down - hence it's 'only' 150bhp........
 

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It would not be the first time that VW have been conservative with HP and performance numbers..
I like the idea of the Polo 1.8T. I don't doubt it will be a good car. But in a roundabouts way, its more of a Golf type car these days. If only they were still small(er) and lighter.
 

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We've had the code for the remap for a few months now. Australia had the the first batch of them and they went nuts for it, Which is why its taken this long for us to get it,demand being so high over there! So Apr sorted the code for it.(APR are massive in OZ land)

Similar power gains to the run out 150bhp golfs....200bhp +

Bet they're nimble as hell though, maybe same weight as the golf, but shorter wheelbase and stiffer chassis should lead to some god damn fun!!!!

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Official photo's of a "Cup" version of the 9n3 Gti have been releaed by VW (although not in the uk).

It is said to have the 180bhp unit from the golf anni, along with improved styling. I am not sure it will be any lighter than the existing gti, but the engine improvement should make quite a difference.

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