In July this year, Volkswagen launched a new, performance-orientated version of the Polo. With leading edge Volkswagen TDI technology, the new Polo GT offers not only vigorous power, but also fuel economy of over 50 mpg.
The GT model is Euro 4 compliant and uses the proven 1.9-litre TDI 130 PS engine, which features Volkswagen’s ‘Pumpe Düse’ (unit injector) technology. With this system, injection pressures are greater than those produced by common rail diesels, leading to superior power delivery and better thermal efficiency.
The maximum torque of 229 lbs ft (310 Nm) peaks at a useful 1,900 rpm for highly tractable performance at low engine speeds. This is helped by a variable geometry turbocharger, which is designed to ‘smooth-out’ power delivery across the rev range. A six-speed gearbox, fitted as standard, allows relaxed motorway cruising.
Positioned at the top of the Polo range, the GT is highly specced. Highlights include Climatic semi-automatic climate control; ABS; four airbags; CD autochanger; leather-rimmed steering wheel, gear knob and gaiter; heated and electrically adjustable door mirrors; front fog lights; multi-function computer; remote central locking with alarm; front sports seats; and front electric windows. Outside, the GT is distinguished by sporty 16" alloy wheels, lowered suspension and chrome ‘GT’ badges.
The Polo GT is offered in three- or five-door bodystyles. On the road prices start at £14,250, with a £500 premium for the five-door model.Published 17 September 2004