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Volkswagen unveils the Polo R WRC Street

WRC rally special for the road...

Volkswagen has unveiled the limited edition Polo R WRC Street at the unveiling of the 2013 Polo WRC car.

The Polo R WRC Street is officially the fastest Polo ever produced by Volkswagen. It is based on the latest 5th Generation Polo and comes with the 2.0 litre turbo petrol engine from the Golf GTi, putting out 217 bhp and 258 lb/ft of torque - mighty numbers for a car weighing just 1212 kg.

Power is sent to front wheels via a 6-speed manual transmission that enables the hottest Polo to perform the 0-62 mph dash in 6.4 seconds and reach a top speed of 151 mph. We’ll just stop there for a second – yes, this hot Polo has a manual gearbox – rejoice! The Polo GTi is only available with the DSG gearbox, so it’s a welcome surprise to see a manual ‘box in this one. Volkswagen says that it can return an average of 38 mpg with CO2 emissions of 174 g/km.

Visually the Polo R is distinguished by the new from bumper with a lower splitter and larger air intakes, with a new grille and ‘R’ badge. The rear is the same as the GTi, save for a new gloss black spoiler for the roof. There is an optional WRC graphics pack available too, which has grey and blue graphics and some WRC lettering.

The car rides on rally-style 18-inch alloy wheels with 215/35 R18 tires and has 16-inch disc brakes. Inside it gets WRC-badged seat covers, Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel, racing-style pedals and a black roof liner.

Limited to just 2,500 units, the Volkswagen Polo R WRC Street will be sold exclusively in left-hand drive and will cost 33,900 EUR. Customers can place an order starting tomorrow, with deliveries commencing in September next year. VW haven’t confirmed yet whether they will sell them to the UK in LHD format.

We think it’s a massive shame that they aren’t making this in RHD, given that the UK is one of the biggest markets for hot hatches, but we’ll just have to hope that VW will at least give us the option of buying one and sitting on the wrong side.

Images courtesy of Volkswagen


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About Tim Oldland

Contributing Editor - Long time petrolhead, automotive design engineer and journalist. Also Social Media Manager for the ecurie25 Group - Tim has worked in the automotive sector for many years, but has been a fan of anything with 2 or 4... read more