Volkswagen Polo: not the first car that comes to mind when you think “supercar”. However, with a revenue of over €230 billion, VW has the means to compete with giants in the motorcar industry. In March 2018, the company revealed that they had a new car out, called the Polo R WRX. This car was designed to follow on from the Polo R WRC, which was retired in 2016. However, this latest version is supercharged and with more power than ever before. So what makes this car so great in the world of exotic and luxury vehicles?
What’s It For?
The Polo R WRX is a version of the regular Polo, modified to defend VW’s World Rallycross title. It is an updated version of the WRC, which won 43 of its 53 rallies in its first year. With previous wins by Citroen and Audi, VW took title in 2017 with its Polo GTI. Now they are back, stronger than ever and looking to retain the title. The vehicle is designed for off road performance, but its power and speed capabilities put on par with many Ferraris and Lamborghinis.
The value of this car comes from a 2.0 litre, turbocharged, four cylinder engine. It’s the turbocharge that makes all the difference, making this vehicle significantly more powerful than your average road going Polo TDI. Combined with lightweight materials and a stripped back interior, the BHP to weight ratio is bound to make this a serious contender for the 2018 World Rallycross. The engine will be capable of producing upwards of 562 BHP, making it more powerful than your average Aston Martin DB9.
Faster than a F1 Car
So what does all this power mean? Well, it means speed like VW drivers will have never experienced before. The Polo R can accelerate from 0-62mph in 1.9 seconds. This means that it can get up to speed quicker than an F1 car. With any luck, this engine will be put into VW’s road legal vehicles, so that real pistonheads can experience this acceleration on a daily basis.
While the Polo R is specially designed for rallycross, it is possible that the luxury car market can learn a thing or two from its design. Even on public highways, car enthusiasts want to feel the thrill of getting up to speed in under two seconds. Hopefully, the Polo R will come to market at least in one form or another so that we can all have a go.