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04 November 2010 ~ 1 Comment

ABT power upgrades for Volkswagen 1.2/1.4 TSI and 1.6 TDI engines

Despite the new Polo GTI only just ramping up to production levels, German tuner ABT Sportsline has announced power upgrades for the 178bhp 1.4-litre engine, along with similar packages available for the Polo’s 1.2-litre TSI and 1.6 TDI units. Outputs jump quite considerably, with the 1.4 TSI boosted to a Series 6 Golf GTI-rivalling 208bhp; its smaller 1.2 sibling sees a similar increase from 104 to 124bhp. The 1.6 TDI boost is available on both the 89 and 104bhp engines (the latter not sold in the UK), taking them to 115 and 129bhp respectively. Faster pull away, more torque, more engine power and improved acceleration are also key benefits of ABT’s engine upgrades.

The Bavarian company claims that fuel consumption is unchanged on all the small engine power boosts, too, and that the chip upgrades are long-lasting, reliable and fully compatible with everyday use. Of course, the upgrades aren’t just limited to the Polo; any Volkswagen group car which has one fitted can benefit. ABT Sportline also offers cosmetic, exhaust and suspension upgrades for the 6R Polo. A carbon look rear spoiler and double-pipe exhaust add bold styling flourishes, while the titanium-coloured ‘Type Z’ 18-inch ABT alloy rims offer further visual enhancement. Visit the ABT Sportline website for more information and prices on the company’s engine upgrades and tuning parts for the new Polo.

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23 July 2010 ~ 1 Comment

Bilstein announces B14 sports suspension kit for the Polo 6R

Suspension kings Bilstein have recently launched a new sports performance suspension kit for the fifth-generation 6R Polo. According to the German company, the B14 kit brings motorsport technology to the small Volkswagen, and transforms ‘every Polo into a sports car, with perfect roadholding and optimum handling and steering.’ It also claims that the new kits offers the ‘perfect blend of dynamics and comfort,’ as well as improved safety and handling. The mono-tube gas pressure shock absorbers with upside-down technology and a flexible height control system also ensure increased lane-holding and braking stability.

A lowering range of around 35-50 mm on the front axle and around 30-45 mm on the rear axle is available. Made in Germany, the surface of the B14 kit is finished in Triple-C-Technology®, with spring plate and lock nuts of special aluminium alloy and high quality sports performance springs, making, the company claims, the suspension extremely strong, hardwearing and durable. Each sports and coilover suspension made by Bilstein is tuned and tested exhaustively by its engineers on the Nordschleife of the Nürburgring or at the company’s own test center in Papenburg. Download the company’s latest catalogue to find out more.

[Image: Bilstein]

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14 April 2010 ~ 3 Comments

VW ‘Stylingaktion’ accessories promotion adds discounted style to Polo

Timed while it is showing the latest accessories for the Polo at the AMI Leipzig 2010 motor show – which ends this week – Volkswagen has recently introduced a promotion for German customers who want to add that little extra style to their new Polo, Golf and Scirocco. From 1 April to 30 June 2010, the ‘Enter low, get out large’ promotion (yes, the English translation seems to make little sense, we know, but all will become clear) enables customers who drive three of VW’s most popular models to get ‘attractive discounts’ on styling products and lowered suspension kits.

Official products for the Polo which qualify include front and rear aprons, side skirts, roof spoilers, racing pedals and lowered suspension springs. In addition, Motorsport-style multi-spoke 17” alloy wheels and carbon fibre-effect interior trim panels are also available. From what we can translate from the German press release, there is also an online ‘backwards’ auction, from which the winner with the lowest bid will receive a full body kit, a complete set of alloy wheels and a lowered suspension package, all to be fitted by a Volkswagen retailer. The promotion runs both in retailers’ showrooms and online. Visit Volkswagen Accessories’ German-language ‘Stylingaktion’ microsite for further details of the incentive.

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07 April 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Official Polo accessories on show at
AMI Leipzig 2010

Volkswagen will be showing its official accessories and lifestyle ranges as part of its stand at the AMI Leipzig motor show from 10 to 18 April. The Polo will be a major star at the event, with lowered suspension and aerodynamic body kits promoted, all of which enhance the fifth-generation model’s sporty looks. As well as the official accessories for the Polo, visitors to the Lifestyle part of the stand will be able to look at the clothing and home accessories available with the model’s branding.

Among the Polo products on offer are T-shirts, iPods and model cars. Other brands promoted will be GTI, Scirocco and T5. Model car collectors can also grab miniature versions of the new Touareg, Sharan and Amarok pick-up. Volkswagen Accessories GmbH is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG and develops accessories for the company’s passenger car and commercial vehicle ranges. There are over 8000 accessory products available in Sport & Design, Wheels & Tyres, Communication, Transport, Comfort & Protection, Service & Care and Lifestyle ranges, all sold through official Volkswagen retailers.

Click here for more information on the official Volkswagen accessory range or download the latest Polo accessory brochure (European specification).

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29 March 2010 ~ 2 Comments

Rieger Tuning 6R Polo

German modifying firm Rieger Tuning has taken the latest 6R Polo under its wing and launched a styling kit for Volkswagen’s award-winning newcomer. Visual enhancements include a front spoiler with a carbon-look lip and a rear apron with carbon-look diffuser. There are also new sill extensions and 18-inch matt black/polished Barracuda Racing ‘Karizzma’ multi-spoke alloy wheels with 215/35-18 tyres. A suspension kit is also on offer. Want to know more? Download the PDF here.

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