Volkswagen may have pretty much invented the sub-compact car segment in North America, and yet the brand has shown very little interest in bringing its current small car to America. That will become a serious shame next year when the German auto giant unveils a hopped-up “R” badged version of its popular hatchback.
Sized smaller than the Golf and competing in a segment against cars like the Ford Fiesta, the Volkswagen Polo R will be the most powerful car in its class with a 225-hp version of the current 2.0 TFSI 4-cylinder found in the current European GTI.
According to Volkswagen R&D chief Ulrich Hackenberg the Polo R was initially never planned to be anything more than a concept car when it was showcased at the Worthersee Tour in Austria last year. It has now been given the green light, however, to help promote the Polo’s entry into the World Rally Championship.
Set to debut at the Geneva Motor Show next March, look for numerous other suspension an interior upgrades, not to mention a mechanical limited slip differential and a 0-60 time in the 6.0 second range.
GALLERY: VW Polo R WRC Street Concept