The best-selling car in South Africa received a boost today, as Volkswagen South Africa announced the new Polo Vivo GT. Based on the three-door version (which we’ve not seen until now) of the popular small car, the GT is based on the 1.6-litre, 104bhp Trendline, and as such has ABS, electric windows, radio/CD player with four speakers, alarm, remote central locking and ‘bee-sting’ aerial as standard. The R155,320 GT model adds lowered suspension, sports seats with ‘Rocket’ trim, red-stitched gear shift and handbrake boots, red-stitched three-spoke steering wheel with aluminium inserts, and 15-inch alloy wheels (similar in design to the 17” ‘Boavista’ rims fitted as an option to the Polo 6R). There’s also a tailgate spoiler, twin chrome tailpipes, ‘GT’ badges on the grille and tailgate, red seat belts, and gunmetal silver dashboard panels.
Basically a de-tuned cosmetic version of the European-market Polo GTI 1.8T produced from 2006 to 2009, the Polo Vivo GT adds a dash of style to the top of Volkswagen South Africa’s budget car range and is available in the traditional Volkswagen GTI colours of Deep Black, Candy White, Flash Red and Reflex Silver. The 1.6-litre engine gives 104bhp/77kW and 114lb ft/155Nm of torque, available from 5250rpm. A five-speed transmission will be standard, and the Vivo GT gets to 62mph from rest in just under 11 seconds, and has a top speed of 116mph/187km/h. The Polo Vivo GT comes standard with a 3 year/120,000km warranty and a 6-year anti-corrosion warranty. A service plan is optional.The service interval is 15,000km. Over 40,000 Polo Vivos (hatchback and sedan) have been sold since its market introduction in March 2010.