Australian launch of Volkswagen Polo GTI imminent

Volkswagen Polo GTI

Volkswagen’s mini-me GTI, the Polo GTI, is due for local release prior to the end of 2010. October has always seemed the most likely month for the car to find its way into Aussie showrooms. Perhaps the Polo GTI might even make an appearance at the Australian International Motor Show, which kicks off in Sydney on 15 October.

This scenario now seems all the more likely following the revelation of basic specification levels posted on the VWwatercooled forum earlier today. The information is from a customer who has pre-ordered a new Pogo and is expecting to take delivery in early October.

The information reveals the Polo GTI will be available in three and five door platforms, both come standard with a 7-speed DSG transmission. The Polo GTI is currently not available with a manual gearbox. It will be available in five colours, Candy White, Flash Red, Reflex Silver, Shadow Blue Metallic and Deep Black Pearl Effect.

Other standard equipment includes 17″ Denver alloy wheels—wearing 205/45/17 rubber, cruise control, ESP, XDL (Extended electronic Differential Lock), daytime running lights, leather multifunction steering wheel with gearshift paddles and an MP3 compatible stereo system featuring six-stack CD player and aux in plug.

If you fancy ticking a few options boxes, you can choose from touch screen Sat Nav, xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights, climate control, Alcantara/leatherette seat trim and more. Interestingly, there is no mention of a sunroof option.

Follow the source link below for the full list. Once official details have been released by Volkswagen Australia you’ll be able to read them here at AUSmotive.

[Source: VWwatercooled]

12 replies on “Australian launch of Volkswagen Polo GTI imminent”

I’ve seen quite a few while in Europe, and they look great. I reckon they’ll be c$32k otr. Interesting to note that Audi has dropped the S1. Makes sense, too. No AWD, no ‘S’…that’s the way it should be.

That said, gosh, the Euros are spoilt for choice in this class. I have to say I love the Citroen DS3….tried to get one as a rental, but couldn’t. Then there’s the Skoda/Seat variants, Punto/Mitos nt to mention the Renault/Peugeots

There’s no exact date at this point but the dealer launch will be the first week in October. Get in fast because the first batch will be allocated and the orders for Golf GTi and Golf R are already stretching into March 2011.
Pricing is rumoured to be $28-29k plus orc for the 3 Door DSG and probably add $1-2k for 5 Door as per Golf GTi.
FYI The Alcantara/Leatherette Seat option are the same seats (albeit with the ‘Jacky’ Cloth) as in Polo Comfortline meaning you’d miss out on the full monty sport backrest.
I’ll let you know how it drives in two weeks.

I just returned from my local dealer, their first demonstrator will arrive in the second week of December, they are expecting the car to be priced closer to 40K than 30K!

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