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18 August 2012 ~ 4 Comments

Limited 100-example Polo GTI Carbon Edition for Switzerland

2012 Volkswagen Polo GTI Carbon Edition

Volkswagen Switzerland has announced the Polo GTI Carbon Edition, a very limited edition model, which will only be available on the Swiss market. Essentially a Polo GTI with some added visual punch, only 100 examples will be sold.

The most striking external additions are the distinctive 17-inch, 10-spoke ‘Serron’ polished alloy wheels with black inserts, the ‘GTI Carbon Edition’ honeycomb door decals, and yes, you’ve guessed it, lots of carbon fibre-look trim. The door mirrors are covered in it, as are the B-pillars, which also bear the car’s number in the production run.

The interior features carbon-look trim from the official Volkswagen Accessories catalogue on the radio and air-conditioning surrounds, while standard Polo GTI equipment such as four electric windows and a media-in multimedia socket with USB adapter cable stays.

Four colours – Candy White, Flash Red, Deep Black Pearl Effect and Oryx White Pearl Effect – make up the Polo GTI Carbon Edition’s palette, and while it may be no more than a visually-decorated special, it’s bound to go down well with Swiss Polo fans. The price? €26,430. Deliveries and orders start in October.

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11 July 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Contrasts in mono – Polo Black Edition and Polo Silver Edition arrive

2012 Volkswagen Polo Black Edition

In addition to the Match, Volkswagen also now offer the Polo Black Edition/Polo Silver Edition special models in Germany. Based on the standard Polo 6R body, the Black and Silver Editions are purely special equipment-based upgrade models, but still worth a look nonetheless. Externally, the Polo Black Edition and Silver Edition are marked out by 16-inch ‘Rivazza’ alloy wheels with 215/45 R 16 tyres, and special ‘Black Edition’ or ‘Silver Edition’ badging on the C-pillars. Inside, there’s a leather-wrapped three-spoke multifunction steering wheel with chrome insert; leather-wrapped gear knob, gaiter, and handbrake grip; silver dashboard trim around the centre console and air vents, black roof lining, RCD 210 radio system; air conditioning; and an asymmetrically-split rear seat. Upholstery is ‘Light Breeze’, a striped grey material.

Engine choice is wide. Petrol engines of 59, 69, 84, 89 and 104bhp (with and without BlueMotion Technology packages) are supplemented by diesel units with outputs of 74, 89 and 104bhp, as well as a Bio-Fuel version with 81bhp. Five, six and seven-speed DSG semi-automatic gearboxes can be chosen, depending on model and engine specification. Prices? The lowliest 1.2-litre Polo Black Edition/Polo Silver Edition with 59bhp costs €13.950, while the most expensive variant is powered by the 1.6-litre 89bhp TDI motor specced with the clever DSG gearbox is €18.900. For more information, visit Volkswagen’s German website.

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17 May 2012 ~ 1 Comment

217bhp, 2.0-litre Polo WRC Street concept car unveiled at Wörthersee 2012

Volkswagen Studie Polo R WRC (Street)

Finally it’s official! Although consistently denied, there is a Polo which will be hotter than the current 178bhp GTI, and here’s the proof: the Polo WRC Street concept, unveiled today at the 31st GTI Festival in Wörthersee, Austria. Powered by a 2.0-litre engine developing 217bhp (220PS/162kW), the limited-edition Polo ‘WRC Street’ will go on sale in late 2013, after the rally-prepped Polo R WRC hits the asphalt, gravel and snow tracks, to capitalise on the motorsport model’s halo effect. Additional features of the Polo WRC Street includes a black rear spoiler and diffuser, sports suspension, multi-spoke alloy wheels, black wheel arch trims and ‘R-WRC’ graphics and badging. It certainly looks the part, and initial web reports suggest that an even hotter Polo R road-going model is also in the pipeline.

Another star of the Volkswagen stand in Reifnitz, is the Polo R WRC itself. Contesting the FIA World Rally Championship in 2013, the 1.6-litre turbocharged motorsport model is currently in development, being tested by Volkswagen’s lead driver, Sébastien Ogier. Seen in Austria as a running car, the four-wheel drive Polo R WRC develops 296bhp (300PS/220kW), and gets to 62mph from rest in 4.1 seconds. Other cars on the Volkswagen stand at the Wörthersee 2012 event which runs from 16-19 May is the production version of the Golf GTI Cabriolet, a black and red-themed Golf GTI ‘Black Dynamic’ which was built by nine Volkswagen apprentices, and the Golf GTI ‘White Concept’ with Oryx White matt paintwork.

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12 May 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Volkswagen launches German-only CrossPolo ‘Urban White’ special edition

2012 Volkswagen CrossPolo Urban White

Sneaking in under the radar yesterday, is this, the latest special edition Polo, the CrossPolo ‘Urban White’. Announced late in the day on Friday, the ‘Urban White’ takes the familiar CrossPolo body and embellishes it with coloured trim and interior finishes. Pearlescent white paintwork – a CrossPolo first – contrasts well with black roof rails and mirrors, and the regular 17-inch ‘Budapest’ five-spoke alloys can be specified with either black or white spoke centres. A silver-strip ‘Urban White’ badge similar to that on BlueMotion models sits on the CrossPolo ‘Urban White’s tailgate.

Inside, there’s a GTI-style black headlining, black and pale grey cloth/Alcantara sports seats, climate control, cruise control, and silver dashboard inserts around the centre console and gear lever, another Polo debut. Although the CrossPolo ‘Urban White’ looks rough and tumble, it is still resolutely two-wheel-drive, and can be had with four petrol and three diesel engines, from 69bhp to 104bhp, with five or six-speed transmissions. A seven-speed DSG gearbox can be optioned, too. What price style? The CrossPolo ‘Urban White’ starts at €18,975 for the 69bhp entry-level model.

[Source: German Car Scene]

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01 April 2012 ~ 0 Comments

No, honestly. 1996 Polo Harlequin was definitely no joke!

1996 Volkswagen Polo Harlequin advertisement

One from the archives today. The coming of April Fool’s Day reminded us of this press advertisement from 1996. Detailing the arrival of the Polo Harlequin special edition, this advert states that the colourful model was just one of several new Polo variations due to go on sale. On sale in the UK not long after its appearance at the 1995 London Motor Show, the Polo Harlequin was based on the 1.4 CL. The car featured its own unique upholstery, driver’s airbag, GLX ‘sports bumpers’, white indicators and darkened rear light clusters.

The car was made in batches of four (Yellow, Pistachio Green, Chagall Blue and Flash Red were the colourways) and the customer could not specify a certain panel to be a certain colour – the colour combination that the car arrived in would be a complete surprise. The price at launch in April 1996 (five-door only) was £11,095. It’s believed that Volkswagen UK sold just 113 examples, of which 62 are alleged to be still on the road with 9 cars currently SORNed (although many cars have been reportedly resprayed a single colour). The significance of April Fool’s Day? This advertisement was placed in the Daily Express on 1 April 1996!

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