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Volkswagen Polo GTI

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Every enthusiasts dream vehicle is here which presents a blend of power, comfort, style and performance!

Key Takeaways:

  • Performance driven, most powerful vehicle in India in its class
  • First 3-door hatchback from the German automaker in the country

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When it was made public that Volkswagen is going to launch the Polo GTI performance hatchback in the country soon, it was all just sheer thrill for auto enthusiasts out there. The car is scheduled to go on sale sometime during mid-November 2016.

Volkswagen Polo GTI

The performance vehicle is said to be priced at around INR 18-20 lakhs and the amount is justifiable due to the fact that the car is going to enter India through the CBU (completely built up) route. Although it seems to be on the steeper end, it is certainly going to be one of the most affordable performance vehicles that you can get your hands on.

Although the vehicle has been undergoing some testing for quite some time now, the official launch was at the time of the 2016 Auto Expo.

Insider Tip: This is the first 3 door hatchback which is going to be introduced by the automaker in the country with a soon to follow 5 door, depending on the response from the Indian audience.

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Presenting a perfect blend of a compact size in addition to power has made this car one of the hottest hatchbacks in the world! It comes powered with a 1.8L petrol engine which has the perfect concoction of power, dynamics and thrill and hence, has earned such a reputation. This 3-in-1 thrilling 4-cylinder engine churns out a power of 190BHP and a torque of 250Nm. This comes mated to the automaker’s popular 7-speed DSG automatic transmission gearbox. It can achieve 0-100kmph in just 6.7 seconds and the top speed is about 236kmph. No wonder this is a dream machine for fanatics and the like.

Engine

1.8L petrol

Power

189.3bhp @ 4,200rpm – 6,200rpm

Torque

250Nm @ 1,450rpm – 4,200rpm

Top speed

235kmph

Acceleration (0-100kmph)

6.7 seconds

Transmission

7-speed DSG Automatic

Mileage (expected)

8.85kmpl

Length X Width X Height

3983 x 1682 x 1443 mm

Boot Space

204 litres

Volkswagen Polo GTI

The design cues are definitely top-notch but not as fancy and tempting as the engine, and some aspects of design are borrowed to a certain extent from the Polo GT sibling. In addition to that it has sharp styling which comprises of a honeycomb grille which is more prominent and bolder and bumpers which are sportier and have larger intakes. Few more designs that are present are the GTI badge, red radiator grille strips, GTI roof spoilers, 17inch black alloy wheels, Dark red taillight clusters, Black grained diffuser, LED daytime running lights with automatic range adjustment, sports suspension and dual chrome exhaust pipes.

Coming to the interiors it’s akin to the exterior – sporty and premium. It will come with new upholstery, sporty seats with contract stitching, sports steering wheel, touch screen infotainment system, all black interiors and GTI badging among others.

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The vehicle also comes with features like a steering wheel which is leather wrapped and flat-bottomed, pedals made from aluminium, ‘Jacara’ seat upholstery and contrast red stitching, door sill protectors made of stainless steel and comes with the GTI logo and a black roof lining and black gloss trim for the interiors to further enhance the sporty appeal. And finally, it has a suspension system which allows you to select from two options – Sport and comfort.

It is said that there will only be a limited number of these vehicles available in the country although still unconfirmed.  

As said by an official from the company, "In line with Volkswagen India’s #Think Ahead. Think New philosophy, this would be a 3-door carline, a first of its kind in the Indian market. Ticking all the boxes of exhilarating performance, power and comfort, the Polo GTI is guaranteed to make heads turn with its striking redesign with instant recognition."

Some of the primary rivals for this car will be the Fiat Abarth Punto and BMW Mini. Since the car is driven by performance, the main target audience for the vehicle are youngsters and enthusiasts.

“The Polo GTI is specifically designed for the true blue enthusiasts, whose thirst for thrill is not only about having a powerful car, but also being well versed with the GTI philosophy.The Polo GTI ticks all the boxes when it comes to providing a complete performance package and sets the driver apart from his peer group. We are confident that the world renowned, highly acclaimed features of the carline will strongly appeal to Polo GT loyalists and driving enthusiasts in India as well,” in the words of Mr. Michael Mayer, Director, Volkswagen Passenger Cars India at the time of the Volkswagen Polo GTI India launch.

This is definitely going to be a stellar vehicle in its league – 3 doors and a performance vehicle is definitely a lethal combination.

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