Volkswagen Launches Polo GTI Cup

The spies were right on — the carmaker of the people is launching the people's racer for the street. The company released info this am about the Polo GTI Cup Edition, a roadgoing version of the company's ADAC Volkswagen Polo Cup series car. It looks to be a perky chap, too: 180 metric horsepower (around 177 hp) from a 1.8-liter turbocharged five-valve four-cylinder — with a power-to-weight ratio of around 15 lbs per horsepower. Its top speed is listed at 140 mph, with zero-to-60 time of 7.5 seconds. It's also got significant body kittage, including a roof spoiler designed by Volkswagen Individual and front and rear skirts lifted from the ADAC Polo Cup racing car. Four-spoke 17" alloys hold 205/40ZR 17 tires. Inside, drivers rest astride the typical GTI interior accoutrements in interlagos plaid. Two-door and four-door versions will be available, starting at 22,425 euros. Never mind the exchange, there won't be a US equivalent.

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Spy Photos: Volkswagen Polo GTi Cup [internal]