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15th October, 2010

The Volkswagen Polo GTI is coming back to Australia. It will make a powerful 132 kW comeback! The new Polo GTI is sure to live up to its legendary name with superior handling properties combined with uncompromising engine responsiveness and impressive safety and economy figures.

Never before has such a powerful Polo come even close to its fuel efficiency. Thanks to clever downsizing of the twincharged 1.4-litre TSI engine (turbo plus supercharging) and the efficient 7-speed dual clutch gearbox (DSG) as standard equipment, the development team was able to reduce combined fuel consumption to 6.1 1itres/100 km. That is equivalent to CO2 emissions of 142 g/km. By comparison: Its direct predecessor in terms of power Ė equipped with a 1.8-litre turbo engine - consumed 8.0 litres per 100 kilometres (equivalent to 190 g/km CO2). This means that the new car is 24 per cent more fuel efficient.

This economy contrasts with highly dynamic driving performance: The light 1,189 kilogramme Volkswagen sporty car accelerates to 100 km/h in just 6.9 seconds. These figures, 6.9 seconds, 6.1 litres are sports car performance parameters of a sustainable kind.

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Power is transferred to the front wheels via DSG as standard equipment. An electronic transverse differential lock (XDL) reduces the tendency to understeer and improves handling especially in quick driving through curves.

Like all versions of the model series, the Polo GTI also comes equipped with the standard ESP electronic stabilisation programme including Hill Start Assist. In addition, the carís extensive safety features consist of a highly effective airbag network, including front, front side and curtain airbags, belt tensioners, belt tension limiters plus belt warning, head restraints designed to avoid whiplash trauma (each in front) and three rear head restraints.

In addition, convenience features include electro-hydraulic power steering, electric windows, remote central locking, boot space lighting and tie-down eyes, driver seat height adjustment, make-up mirror in the sun visors and green tinted insulated glass. The GTI will be the first Polo to be available with bi-xenon headlights with cornering lights, LED daytime running lights and corner marker lights. Naturally, GTI-specific features are always standard too, such as the sport seat system and 17-inch alloy wheels.

Full specifications and pricing of the VW Polo GTI will be released at its local launch in late 2010.


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