Volkswagen will expand its R lineup of performance vehicles, adding a hot-hatch Polo R in 2012. News of the hard-core sub-compact comes via AutoCar, suggesting the Polo R is likely to get a turbocharged 1.6-liter 4-cylinder making roughly 210-hp.
Unlike the Golf R, however, the Polo will remain front-wheel drive as the Polo platform can’t support an AWD layout. As for a transmission, like the Polo GTI, unveiled earlier this year at the Geneva Auto Show, it’s likely to get either a six-speed manual or 7-speed DSG automatic. With the Polo GTI rated at 6.9 seconds to 62 mph, it’s likely the Polo R could dip into the 5 second range. Other highlights are sure to include some serious racing-style seats, a lowered suspension as well as VW’s XDS electronic differential, which uses the car’s brakes to slow the inside wheel in a corner.
Sadly, Volkswagen has yet to confirm the Polo model for North America so we’re really not likely to see the Polo R any time soon – if at all.