Volkswagen Is Building A Rally Car For The Street

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In the VW hatchback lineup, the Polo is the awkward middle brother. He's not as usable as a Golf and not as city friendly as an Up!. But it's also the perfect size for rallying.

So that's what VW is doing with it. But they're also adding a rally-inspired road going version, which, of course, isn't on the way to America. Gosh darn it.

The Polo R WRC has 217 galloping horsies and 258 torqulating torques all wrapped in an aggressive yet cute-as-a-button wee hatch exterior. It has a six-speed manual gearbox. If you are unfamiliar, a manual gearbox allows the driver to select any gear at any time without computer intervention. A novel concept.

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That combination gets the Polo from none miles per hour to 60ish in just 6.4 seconds. It has 18-inch wheels, because why not, and a fairly aggressive little body kit.

It also makes the Fiesta ST seem a bit boring.

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Expect to see the Polo R WRC at your local North American VW dealer approximately never.

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DISCUSSION

"...awkward middle brother."

Wat.

It isn't as fat and expensive as a Golf yet not as ridiculous and agonizing as an up. It is in fact a car the size of a Golf I. Pricing isn't that bad if you get a little sales discount (pretty frequent at the moment). Maybe the most sensible car Volkswagen is producing at this moment.

Guess what. Germany doesn't get the sedan version. Germany also doesn't get the sedan version of the Fiesta. Or the Guilietta aka Dodge Dart (yet). German people dislike small sedans, I really like them. People always desire what is out of their reach.