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 Telegraph.nl, 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.