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Body style: Hatchback
Segment: Compact
Production years: 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994

Just one month after the production of the Polo 1 ended, the Polo 2 was released to the public. It featured a new design, that combined the hatchback with a station wagon. But that wasn't all.

The second generation was available in more body shapes such as the “squareback”, which combined a coupe with a station-wagon, a coupe with raked C-pillars, and a sedan with two doors named Derby. It was offered in three trim levels and the top-spec CL and GL featured a drivetrain carried-over from the first generation.

In 1990, a major facelift, named 2F Polo, was launched on the market. The car was completely overhauled and featured new headlights and a new interior with a dashboard design inspired by the larger Passat. It was the first time when the Polo received power brakes.

The interior started with simple cloth in a single color and black dashboard. For the CL and GL trim levels, there was a different type of upholstery and a blue dashboard. The car featured a stereo and a side rear-view mirror.

In 1981, Polo was equipped with small, 1- and 1.1-liter engines. Later on, the car was fitted with bigger units. The sportiest version was the Polo GTG40 that featured a supercharged 1.3-liter engine that boosted out up to 115 hp. It was the fastest car of its size on the market, obtaining a world record of 129 mph (207.6 kph) over 24 h. The last series 2F Polo rolled out of the factory lanes at Pamplona in August 1994.

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VOLKSWAGEN Polo 3 Doors 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994
  4 gasoline engines
  • 1.0L 4MT (40 HP)
  • 1.1L 4MT (50 HP)
  • 1.3L 4MT (60 HP)
  • 1.3L 4MT (75 HP)
  1 diesel engine
  • 1.3L D 5MT (45 HP)
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VOLKSWAGEN Polo 3 Doors 1.0L 4MT (40 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.0L 4MT (40 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1043 cm3
Power
29 KW @ 5300 RPM
39 HP @ 5300 RPM
39 BHP @ 5300 RPM
Torque
55 lb-ft @ 2700 RPM
74 Nm @ 2700 RPM
Fuel System
Carburetor
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
11.1 gallons (42.0 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
83.9 mph (135 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
21.2 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
4-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
135/SR13
DIMENSIONS
Length
144.1 in (3660 mm)
Width
62.2 in (1580 mm)
Height
53.5 in (1359 mm)
Front/rear Track
52/53.1 in (1,321/1,349 mm)
Wheelbase
92.1 in (2339 mm)
Ground Clearance
4.7 in (119 mm)
Cargo Volume
10.4 cuFT (294 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
1622.6 lbs (736 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
2491.2 lbs (1130 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
34.1 mpg US (6.9 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
164 g/km

VOLKSWAGEN Polo 3 Doors 1.1L 4MT (50 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.1L 4MT (50 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1093 cm3
Power
37 KW @ 5800 RPM
50 HP @ 5800 RPM
50 BHP @ 5800 RPM
Torque
56 lb-ft @ 3500 RPM
76 Nm @ 3500 RPM
Fuel System
Carburetor
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
11.1 gallons (42.0 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
90.7 mph (146 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
15.4 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
4-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
145/SR13
DIMENSIONS
Length
144.1 in (3660 mm)
Width
62.2 in (1580 mm)
Height
53.5 in (1359 mm)
Front/rear Track
52/53.1 in (1,321/1,349 mm)
Wheelbase
92.1 in (2339 mm)
Ground Clearance
4.7 in (119 mm)
Cargo Volume
10.4 cuFT (294 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
1532.2 lbs (695 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
2491.2 lbs (1130 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
31.8 mpg US (7.4 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
176 g/km

VOLKSWAGEN Polo 3 Doors 1.3L 4MT (60 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.3L 4MT (60 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1272 cm3
Power
44 KW @ 5600 RPM
60 HP @ 5600 RPM
59 BHP @ 5600 RPM
Torque
70 lb-ft @ 3500 RPM
95 Nm @ 3500 RPM
Fuel System
Carburetor
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
11.1 gallons (42.0 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
96.3 mph (155 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
13 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
4-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
145/SR13
DIMENSIONS
Length
144.1 in (3660 mm)
Width
62.2 in (1580 mm)
Height
53.5 in (1359 mm)
Front/rear Track
52/53.1 in (1,321/1,349 mm)
Wheelbase
92.1 in (2339 mm)
Ground Clearance
4.7 in (119 mm)
Cargo Volume
10.9 cuFT (309 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
1545.4 lbs (701 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
2491.2 lbs (1130 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
28.3 mpg US (8.3 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
197 g/km

VOLKSWAGEN Polo 3 Doors 1.3L 4MT (75 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.3L 4MT (75 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1272 cm3
Power
55 KW @ 5800 RPM
75 HP @ 5800 RPM
74 BHP @ 5800 RPM
Torque
77 lb-ft @ 3600 RPM
104 Nm @ 3600 RPM
Fuel System
Carburetor
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
11.1 gallons (42.0 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
103.8 mph (167 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
11.5 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
4-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
145/SR13
DIMENSIONS
Length
144.1 in (3660 mm)
Width
62.2 in (1580 mm)
Height
53.5 in (1359 mm)
Front/rear Track
52/53.1 in (1,321/1,349 mm)
Wheelbase
92.1 in (2339 mm)
Ground Clearance
4.7 in (119 mm)
Cargo Volume
10.9 cuFT (309 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
1609.4 lbs (730 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
2491.2 lbs (1130 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
33.6 mpg US (7 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
167 g/km

VOLKSWAGEN Polo 3 Doors 1.3L D 5MT (45 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.3L D 5MT (45 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1272 cm3
Power
33 KW @ 4900 RPM
45 HP @ 4900 RPM
44 BHP @ 4900 RPM
Torque
55 lb-ft @ 2700 RPM
75 Nm @ 2700 RPM
Fuel System
Indirect Injection
Fuel
Diesel
Fuel capacity
11.1 gallons (42.0 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
87 mph (140 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
21.2 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
145/SR13
DIMENSIONS
Length
144.1 in (3660 mm)
Width
62.2 in (1580 mm)
Height
53.5 in (1359 mm)
Front/rear Track
52/53.1 in (1,321/1,349 mm)
Wheelbase
92.1 in (2339 mm)
Ground Clearance
4.7 in (119 mm)
Cargo Volume
10.9 cuFT (309 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
1717.4 lbs (779 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
2711.7 lbs (1230 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
42 mpg US (5.6 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
148 g/km
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