Showcased at the 2016 Auto Expo to enthusiasts in India, Volkswagen launched Polo GTI – the most powerful Polo variant back in November 2016. At the time of launch, VW India had announced a price tag of INR 25.99 lakh. This translated into a on road price tag of INR 37 lakh in Bangalore. For those enthusiasts, this price tag was more like a deal-breaker.
Not anymore. VW India has slashed the price of Polo GTI by a massive INR 6 lakh. The car now retails at INR 19.99 lakh, ex-showroom. It is not clear as to how many units are on offer. At the time of launch, it was revealed that there were 99 units on offer. The one’s which are unsold, will now be sold at the slashed price tag.
Power comes from a 1.8-litre TSI four-cylinder turbo petrol motor which is wrung to produce 192 PS and 250 Nm of torque when mated to a automatic 7 speed DSG. 0-100 kmph comes in just 7.2 seconds. This combo is no doubt an enthusiast’s dream. In India, it is sold only as a 3-door.
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.
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.
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.
|0 – 100Kmph||7.2 seconds|
|Engine Type||1.8L 4 CYL TSI|
|Top Speed||233 Kmph|
|Gearbox||Automatic 7 Speed DSG|
|Max. Output||141 kW@5400-6200 rpm|
|Max. Torque||250 Nm@1250-5300 rpm|
|Signature Design Elements|
|GTI Honeycombed Grill|
|LED Headlamps with red inserts|
|Dual chrome exhaust pipes|
|GTI Signature Red Coloured Stripes & Stitching|