Since our last post about the Polo R on 28 January, various online forums, websites and publications have once again added to the ongoing development story. It all started with Autocar posting a story on 14 February stating that Volkswagen have cooled on the project (and its possible Euopean market only four-wheel-drive CrossPolo sister) and ‘is unlikely to launch an R version of its Polo, despite Audi having developed an all-wheel drive version of its PQ25 platform for its new A1 quattro (and über-hatch S1).’
The reasons? The German company reportedly sees little market for the car, which would cost somewhere between the £18,790 Polo GTI and the larger £25,045 Golf GTI. Various motoring online sites have since jumped on the Autocar story, creating yet more speculation. There’s been no official comment from Volkswagen, although a UK spokesman did tell us back in May 2010 that the company line was that an extra-strong Polo R wasn’t in the product plans then. Are the latest denials finally the end of the saga?