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Fastest-ever Volkswagen Polo revealed

A production version of the Volkswagen Polo R WRC has been unveiled and power is certainly the name of the game with this vehicle.

Built to commemorate Volkswagen's entry into the 2013 World Rally Championship, the high-performance, front-wheel drive hatch is similar in appearance to the concept model first shown off at the official reveal of the manufacturer's rally team in Monte Carlo.

As such, drivers will be able to find a turbocharged 2.0 TSI four-cylinder petrol engine when they pop open the Polo R WRC's bonnet – identical to the one found inside the Golf GTI.

This motor is capable of delivering such extraordinary statistics as 217bhp at 4500-6300rpm and a maximum 258lb ft of torque between 2500-4400rpm.

When it comes to the figures which will be of concern when out on the open road, the Volkswagen Polo R WRC can reach 62mph from a standstill in a mere 6.4 seconds and go on to a top speed of 151mph.

All of this power does not compromise fuel efficiency though, as the car is said to boast 38mpg on a combined cycle, while CO2 emissions are limited to a respectable 174g/km.

Away from the impressive performance of its turbocharged engine, the limited-edition Volkswagen Polo also comes complete with striking 18-inch 'Cagliari' rally-inspired alloys and a state-of-the-art bumper and grille design.

The addition of a rally-inspired lower front spoiler with large air inlets, a rear spoiler and a rear diffuser also brings the special-edition Polo in line with the World Rally Championship car it is inspired by.

Drivers will be further taken aback when they glimpse inside the Polo R WRC, where they can get comfy in WRC-badge covered seats and feel like they are rally driving when handling an Alcantara steering wheel and tapping along on racing-style foot pedals.

The special-edition Volkswagen Polo R WRC launches across the UK in September 2013.


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