Volkswagen Says "Definitely Not" to Polo R Hyper Hatch

Audi is getting a lot of attention with its new S1 pocket rocket these days. After all, this little car has somehow managed to revive the aging A1 and give it a fighting chance against the far newer MINI.
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When customers come to an Audi dealership for an A3, they ask to first see the S1. So why should Volkswagen have such a car as well? Wowing every family man and giving him pocket rocket wet dreams?

Building such a car has already proven to be viable, as VW celebrated its reentry into the World Rally Championship with a limited edition of 2,500 cars packed with 2-liter turbo goodness. But they don't want to take things any further than that, at least until a segment is firmly established.

In an interview with, a Volkswagen official has completely ruled out the possibility of building a Polo R model.

That means that for the foreseeable future, the front-wheel drive GTI model will remain the flagship of the range. That's not really such a bad thing, since the hot Polo recently received an engine bump from 1.4 to 1.8 liters and now develops 192 HP (141 kW) and 320 Nm (236 lb-ft) of peak torque.

But we just wish that Volkswagen would admit the B segment hatchback is moving towards all-wheel drive and give the Polo the power it deserves after a history that's almost as long as the Golf's.
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