Volkswagen’s R&D chief Ulrich Hackenberg has confirmed the Polo R will launch at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show next March. The date has been selected to coincide with Polo’s full-time entry into the WRC.
The Polo R was previewed in the guise of a WRC “Street” model at the Wörthersee show earlier this year. In production trim its engine will be a tuned version of the Mk6 Golf GTI unit. It’s expected the Polo R will have 225hp (167kW) sent to its front wheels through a mechanical limited slip diff. A 0–100km/h time of around 6 seconds is predicted.