VW HAS REVEALED the Polo R WRC concept which previews the upcomming Polo R road car.
The Polo R is inspired by VW’s Polo WRC concept (bottom), which will take on Ford and Citroen in the World Rally Championship from next year, and is powered by a 217bhp, 2.0 litre TSI petrol engine. This puts it in good stead to take on less powerful rivals like the Renaultsport Clio and upcomming Ford Fiesta ST.
Unveiled at the annual Worthersee GTI meeting, VW says the production version of the Polo R will go on sale in late 2013. Styling touches include a rear spoiler and diffuser, twin exhaust tips, black, flared wheel arches and large multi-spoke alloy wheels inspired by those of the WRC car.
VW’s new Polo R WRC challenger was also shown at Worthersee in “road-going prototype” guise. It is believed VW will field three cars when their WRC programme gets under way nest year, with rising star Sebastien Ogier as number one driver.