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2015 VW Polo GTI spotted testing in India; will it counteract Abarth Punto?

VW Polo GTI spied India rear

The international version of the hot hatchback produces a heady 192 PS.

In what is potentially a good news for enthusiasts, Volkswagen seems to be toying the idea of launching its proper hot hatchback in India. 2015 VW Polo GTI has been spotted testing in the country, indicating that it could be here for market study and testing purposes.

VW Polo GTI spied India rear

2015 VW Polo GTI packs in a 192 PS 1.8-litre TSI turbo petrol engine.

While the existing Polo GT TSI and TDI variants do qualify as hot hatchbacks by the segment standards, Polo GTI is the real deal with performance which can’t be matched by any other hatchback in India. It’s not only about sheer power, for GTI’s suspension, steering and electronic nannies are tuned to offer a driver centric character. The hatchback comes equipped with an Extended Electronic Slip Differential for those razor sharp turn-ins and traction control.

Assuming that the test mule is indeed an example identical to the international version, power comes from a 1.8-litre TSI four-cylinder turbo petrol motor which is wrung to produce 192 PS and 320 Nm of torque when mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. 0-100 kmph comes in just 6.7 seconds. This combo is no doubt an enthusiast’s dream. For those who like an AT, GTI is also offered with the popular 7-speed DSG unit but the torque is limited to 250 Nm.

Visually, the meaner version of Polo can be identified by a new sporty bumper, optional LED headlights (like the ones featured in the test mule), the signature red underlining on the front grille, skirts all around, larger alloy wheels and a black diffuser with twin exhaust tips.

VW Polo GTI spied India front

It remains to be seen if the car will be imported as CBU or locally assembled (assuming it will be launched in India).

The sporty interior is finished in black with red contrast stitching. The seats are upholstered in premium dual tone fabric but you can also opt for sports seats with black Alcantara inserts.

Since VW India already has cheaper alternatives in the form of GT variants, we do hope that there won’t be any skimping or power sapping in 2015 Polo GTI if it’s launched in India. Fiat is preparing to launch a 135 PS Abarth Punto, and GTI may be VW India’s response to Fiat’s move. Expect the price tag to be in the INR 15-20 lakhs (ex-showroom) territory.

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Winner of national level automotive quiz competitions, Nithyanandh aka Nithz jumped into the blogosphere right after gaining a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Love for automobiles and an even greater drive to share his knowledge with the automotive community, Nithz is Deputy Editor at RushLane.

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