Volkswagen look to classic car for Polo GTI inspiration

Volkswagen look to classic car for Polo GTI inspiration

The new Volkswagen Polo GTI shares similarities with the classic original performance variant of the Polo, according to the manufacturer.

Volkswagen noted that the first performance variant of the model, unveiled in 1986 as the G40 Coupe, featured a supercharged engine with a low kerbweight.

With this, the vehicle provided motorists with an output of 113 PS as well as "sharpened responses", something that G40 Coupe-owning classic car drivers are most likely still enjoying.

This is compared with the new Polo GTI, which features a 1.4-litre TSI engine, offering motorists 180 PS at 6,200 rpm and 184 lbs ft of torque from 2,000 rpm.

It can go from standstill to 62 mph in 6.9 seconds and can achieve a top speed of 142 mph.

Fans of Volkswagen classic cars could join the London & Thames Valley VW Club, catering for anyone with an interest in the marquee. It currently has around 400 members.

Written by Stephen JamesADNFCR-2809-ID-19628873-ADNFCR

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