Unveiled today at the Geneva Motor Show the new Volkswagen Polo BlueGT combines dynamic performance with extreme fuel efficiency, thanks to the use of ACT cylinder deactivation, which is being used for the first time in a production Volkswagen.
The turbocharged 1.4-litre four-cylinder engine produces 140 PS, yet returns a combined cycle fuel consumption figure of 60mpg and emits a forecasted 108 g/km of CO2.
The new EA211 series of engines are responsible in large part for its combination of high performance and low fuel economy which will become commonplace in the new modular transverse matrix (MQB) that will underpin future Volkswagen models.
The Volkswagen Polo BlueGT is equipped with multi-spoke 17-inch alloys and GT badges front and rear. The suspension is lowered by around 15 mm. Added to this are some features borrowed from the Polo GTI (the rear spoiler, rear bumper with diffuser, plus front bumper with LED daytime running lights) and some features borrowed from the Polo BlueMotion (side sills and front windscreen rain channels). A black-painted front grille and black door mirror caps complete the look. Inside the roof lining is in black, while the instruments are also from the GTI. Both driver and passenger sit on bespoke BlueGT sports seats, and there is a leather-trimmed steering wheel with BlueGT emblem.
The Volkswagen Polo BlueGT goes on sale in Europe in July. UK availability is not yet confirmed.Published 6 March 2012