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The new Volkswagen Polo GTI
will be priced from $26,990 (RRP)
with Next Car,
21st October, 2005
Volkswagen Group Australia introduces the latest "Hot Hatch" to the Volkswagen range and confirms that Australia will be the first country in the world to sell the new Polo GTI.
The new Polo GTI with 110 kW of power is the most powerful Polo built throughout the model's thirty-year history. This is the first time a GTI version of the Polo has been offered in the Australian market, but given the phenomenal success of the recently released Golf GTI and the strong performance numbers and dynamics of the new Polo GTI, it is an obvious inclusion.
As with the Golf GTI, the new Polo GTI uses turbo technology to power it. On board is a 1.8 litre, 20 valve, four cylinder turbo charged engine with intercooler producing 110kw and 229 Nm of torque (at 1,950rpm). Given the nimble nature of the new Polo GTI, it can therefore sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in 8.2 seconds and reach a top speed of 216 km/h. The fourth gear acceleration from 80 to 120 km/h takes a mere 7.5 seconds given the strong torque of this engine.
Exceptional handling dynamics are paramount for any Volkswagen to wear the GTI badge and the Polo GTI has these. The chassis has been given due focus and is 15mm lower than a standard Polo. The GTI is fitted with 205/45/R16 tyres on the unique GTI alloy wheels to ensure the sporty relationship is continued.
At the same time, safety has not been substituted for performance. With active and passive standard safety features such as 6 airbags, Electronic Brake Pressure Distribution (EBD), Anti Lock Braking System (ABS) and Electronic Stability Programme (ESP). A low tyre pressure indicator is also included.
The exterior is distinctly GTI. With the honeycomb grille, dual headlights encased in black, dual chrome exhaust pipe and rear hatch mounted spoiler there is no mistaking the heritage of this car and the relationship it has to its bigger brother.
The interior continues the theme with sports seats incorporating the special GTI checked Interlagos trim, leather sports steering wheel and gear knob, aluminium foot pedals and appropriately placed GTI branding on the seats and steering wheel.
To enhance the unique sporty appeal, the new Polo GTI will be available as a 3 door with a 5 speed manual transmission only. Colours available are Flash Red, Black Magic, Shadow Blue, Reflex Silver and Candy White.
Volkswagen dealers are taking orders now, with the first vehicles arriving in late November. Priced from $26,990, the Polo GTI will appeal to drivers looking for an exiting performer with value in mind.
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