Just so you know, the GTI is more than just the tag. It is very much unlike GT which is a minor refinement over the regular Polo. GTI is the fastest polo in production. Although Volkswagen hasn’t announced that they’ll be launching Polo GTI in India but expectations are that soon we’ll see this car roaming the Indian streets. As many spied shots of this car are available on the Indian roads uncamouflauged.
The car has better exteriors than both regular and GT Polo. These changes are made to differentiate between the three models and are very subtle. The car has Full LED headlamps with LED DRLs,new and exclusive honeycomb mesh grille, a ground clearance of 10 mm and a larger intake bumper. Both front and the rear bumpers looks aggressive enough, there are GTI insignias with rear spoiler as well. The exhaust pipe is visible (exposed), red brake calipers and side skirts do bring a new look to the car. The car’s 17 inch alloy wheels looks remarkable. Interiors of the car as good and enhanced like the exteriors. All new sport seats with leather upholstery and contrasting red stitches. The steering wheel looks new and there are aluminum pedals that look quite similar to the internationally acclaimed Golf GTI.Relative to the regular Polo (top – end model), the GTI variant is far head when it comes to the consoling of the car. The ParkPilot feature for both front and rear, multifunction display and a Infotainment System with GPS support. The safety features are also great and all the required features from airbags to ESP are present.
The engine that powers Polo GTI 2015 is same as the one you might have seen in Skoda Octavia – a Four Cylinder 1.8 Litre turbocharged Engine belonging to EA888 engine family from Volkswagen. The engine is capable of delivering a maximum power 187 bhp and a peak torque of 320 Nm. The transmission powering the front wheels are 7 Speed DSG automatic, although there is a 6 speed manual transmission available. Volkswagen claims that in this Polo GTI it is possible to hit 100 KMPH from 0 in mere 6.7 seconds.
Volkswagen Polo GTI isn’t much expensive abroad but to expect the same in India is stupidity. The car cost somewhere about Rs. 25 lakhs that to the ex – showroom price. Incase they manufacture some of the car parts in India; it might bring down the price of the car. Somewhere below 20 lakh. Now, the major challenge of the car will be defeat the luxury hatchbacks like Mercedes A and B Class, Mini’s almost entire line – up and BMW’s 1 Series and this isn’t going to be easy since all these luxury brands aren’t going to go down easy. Till then stayed tuned for more updates on Volkswagen’s Polo GTI.