After news that no Volkswagen Polo R will be developed in order to favour the new Audi S1 and a Volkswagen Jetta R model, we also learn that the S1 will have front wheel drive instead of all-wheel drive in a move likely to anger purist Audi fans. While the Audi S1 will be equipped with a 1.4 TFSI engine and 180 hp, the front-wheel drive option should keep prices down; although we reported yesterday that we could be looking at starting prices of about 29,000 euros for the S1.
In the meantime, the new Audi A2 is planned to be an ‘electric only’ model when it’s launched in 2012. The company is preparing itself to compete against the new BMW Megacity model which will be available only the following year in 2013. The Audi A1 and A2 will share some components, including the steel monocoque structure which will replace the expensive spaceframe from the original A2.
We had originally thought that the BMW Megacity (still under development) would be a showdown with the A1, but it’s clear Audi is preparing the A2 as the true competitor from the drivetrain point of view. Depending on style, although the A2 is set to follow the previous model, it won’t be until the BMW Megacity emerges that we can really start to check out the competitors.
After the release of the Volkswagen Golf R and Scirocco R, we should also see a Volkswagen Polo R appear on the market. According to reports from AutoInternationaal, the Polo R will turn up in 2011-2012 with a turbo charged 1.4-litre TSI with 190 hp.
In additional specs, it could have a top speed of 230 km/hr and average fuel consumption of 6.5-litres per 100 km. The price is expected to be about 26,800 euros. With this performance and attractive price, it should be a competitor to vehicles such as the Seat Ibiza Cupra (with 180 hp), while completing the Volkswagen R range. Note: Volkswagen Scirocco R in the gallery.
In a “Back to the future” meets “Grease” commercial, Volkswagen releases this commercial of its new Polo. It’s not particularly original but is cute, and we love the recreation of the 50’s and 60’s look. We’re more curious to see though, what the advertising guys come up with for the new Polo R. See all the Volkswagen Polo pics in the gallery below.
After the debut of the Golf R at Frankfurt, the Volkswagen Polo range will soon expand to include the GTI, GTD and R versions. The Polo GTI will be the first to debut with a 1.4-litre TSI engine at 170 hp. It’s the same unit as that of the Seat Ibiza Cupra, although it won’t be as powerful.
The Polo R will appear on the market later and will also be equipped with the 1.4 TSI but with a powerstep to 190 hp. A Seat Ibiza twin version should also be produced, called the Cupra R, with 10 hp more.
Finally according to Autocar, a Polo GTD could be in the works, providing the sporty looks and performance of a GTI, but with the lower fuel consumption and emissions of a diesel model. At the moment it’s purely hypothetical as the success of the 1.6-litre TDI will be used as a benchmark for any future Polo GTD.