FIA World Rally Championship – Production car
World Rally Championship allure – “transferred” to production

Wolfsburg, 08 December 2012. The Polo R WRC, which enjoyed its world premiere in the
run-up to the legendary Rally Monte Carlo, sees Volkswagen introduce the flair of this
absorbing motorsport to the everyday automotive world. At the same time, the company is
also adding a new high-performance variant to the portfolio of the successful compact
model, which ranges from the Polo BlueMotion to the Polo GTI. With only 2,500 limited
editions being produced, the powerhouse will go on offer for advanced sale on 11
December at a price of 33,900 Euros; the first customers will then receive their cars in
September 2013.

The Polo R WRC reflects the dynamic character of its namesake the Polo R WRC, with
which Volkswagen will make its debut in the World Rally Championship at the Rally Monte
Carlo from 15th to 20th January 2013. A 2.0-litre TSI engine producing 162 kW/220 hp
ensures the road-going version boasts an extremely sporty driving performance, tailored to
the design of the car: the Polo R WRC has a top speed of 243 km/h and accelerates from
0 to 100 km/h in 6.4 seconds.

With its white paint job, the blue/grey stripe and WRC-style bumper, the Polo R WRC
forms the bridge between the street car and the rally car driven by Sébastien Ogier and
Jari-Matti Latvala. The 18-inch alloy wheels (“Cagliari” type) in the star design are based
on the wheels on the rally car; together with tyres from the 215/35 R 18 format, they
underline the self-assured appearance of the Polo R WRC. The sports chassis guarantees
that the handling lives up to the rest of the car, standard bi-xenon headlamps turn night
into day.

350 Nm ensure a broad torque curve
The dynamic exterior of the Polo R WRC, which is available exclusively as a two-door
model, is complemented by a suitably impressive drive train: instead of the 1.4-litre engine
in the Polo GTI, which produces 132 kW/180 hp, the power on the front axle of the Polo R
WRC is generated by a 162-kW/220-hp, 2.0-litre TSI engine. The maximum 350 Nm of
torque produced by the turbo direct injection engine (Polo GTI: 250 Nm) vouch for an even
broader torque curve and, accordingly, a more efficient stroke. A manual, six-speed
gearbox also ensures efficient gear changes.

The interior is also brimming with authentic motorsport flair – including features like racing
seats with WRC-specific covers, an Alcantara, multifunctional steering wheel, a black roof
liner, and aluminium-style pedals. The special equipment on the production version also
includes a centre arm rest (front), cruise control, light and rain sensors, a winter package
(heated seats, headlamp cleaner, heated screen wash), Climatronic (climate control), an
anti-theft alarm system, head airbags, and a radio/navigation unit with USB/MP3 interface.

Valued by the target group: performance and design
The most powerful Polo of all time will – according to market research – primarily appeal to
a male clientele; Volkswagen reckons on 70 per cent of customers being men. 54 per cent
of buyers will already have at least one other car at home; 79 per cent live in a two-person
household. The driving properties, dynamic character, design and equipment are among
the top reasons for purchasing the car.
With the Polo R WRC, Volkswagen is not only adding to its sporty “R” range of products,
but is also expanding the Polo family, which ranges from the particularly economical Polo
BlueMotion and cheeky Cross Polo to the new Polo BlueGT with ACT (Active Cylinder
Technology).

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