Two months after unveiling the regular Polo models in facelifted form, Volkswagen has pulled the covers off the revised Polo GTI, which receives a fresh look, new tech and a slight increase in power.
To that end the 2-litre TSI turbopetrol unit now produces 152 kW, which is 5 kW more than the current SA-spec Polo GTI musters, while maximum torque remains at 320 N.m. Volkswagen claims a 0-100 km/h time of 6,5 seconds, which is a 0,2 second improvement over the current model, while the top speed is listed at 240 km/h. On the transmission front the current six-speed DSG dual-clutch automated gearbox makes way for a seven-speed unit.
As before a sports chassis that lowers the car by 15 mm is part of the deal here, as is an XDS electronic differential lock, which uses selective braking to improve traction in fast corners. Furthermore, buyers can opt for the Sport Select adaptive damping system to achieve an even better balance between handling and ride comfort.
As for the exterior design changes, the new Polo GTI gets redesigned headlights, a new honeycomb grille and GTI-specific bumpers as well as a completely new taillight design that now extends into the tailgate in an apparent nod to the Golf 8. What’s more, IQ.Light Matrix headlights and an illuminated grille crossbar are standard, at least on the European market versions.
You’ll find plenty of unique GTI touches in the cabin too, where the predominant colours are red, black, grey and chrome. The European range also includes new infotainment systems as well as a new driver assist feature called Travel Assist, which allows for semi-automated driving, for the first time in a Polo.
The South African features list has yet to be announced, but we’ll find out more when Volkswagen South Africa launches the locally-built facelifted Polo range in early 2022.
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