Volkswagen Polo R WRC set for Sept debut

Volkswagen has just released a large number of photos of the street going Polo R WRC Limited Edition. Made to meet FIA’s requirements for homologation of the Polo WRC rally car, Volkswagen will build 2,500 units that are scheduled for delivery for September 2013.

Apart from the rally decals and part of the name, the road version shares little with the WRC car. It is powered by a 162kW 2.0-litre engine pinched from the Golf GTI versus the WRC’s 220kW 1.6-litre unit.

It will launch from 0-100km/h in 6.4 seconds (0.1 seconds faster than the Golf GTI) and tops out at 243km/h.

Also pinched from the Golf GTI is an electronic differential lock that will see those horses put to good use on the front wheels. The WRC Polo gets four-wheel drive as you would expect.

All 2,500 Polo R WRC will sport an identical white colour with blue-gray stripes paint job, 18-inch Cagliari alloy-wheels, bi-xenon headlights, sport seats with WRC logos and satellite navigation amongst others.

Priced at €33,900 in Germany, the Polo R WRC will sadly, be unlikely to make it to Australia.


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