The Polo R would likely use the same 2.0-litre engine as the 2018 Polo GTI (pictured)
The hot hatch would break new ground for VW’s supermini but could tread on the Golf GTI’s toes. VW is yet to decide if it will reach production
Insiders at Volkswagen have revealed that prototypes of a high-output Polo R have been built for evaluation purposes, but there is no decision yet whether the model has a production future.
The modification is relatively easy because the Polo GTI‘s 2.0-litre engine is the same unit used by the Golf R.
“There is enough room for all the extra cooling in the Polo, for sure,” said Ralf Koelling, VW’s director of small car lines.
The Polo could also accept the Golf R’s four-wheel drive system because the cars share the same MQB platform.
But the extra weight and cost might push the Polo too far into Golf territory.