The new top model in the Volkswagen Polo range is easy to recognise as a GTI at first glance – inside and outside. It openly displays the visual insignia of this unique badge. Now, the new 2011 Volkswagen Polo GTI Mark V is officially launched in Malaysia.
Straight to the point, the new Polo GTI is a powerful small car with 132 kW / 180 PS / 178 hp of max output @ 6,200rpm and 250Nm of max torque @ 4,500rpm. Most importantly, it offers an exceptional fuel efficient at its class. It won’t be mistake that this GTI too lives up to its legendary name with superior handling properties combined with uncompromising engine responsiveness and a maximum of safety.
What makes this car so special? Based on track records, never before has such a powerful Polo come even close to its fuel efficiency. The engine is downsized to a twin-charged 1.4-litre TSI engine (turbo plus supercharging) and the extremely efficient 7-speed dual clutch gearbox (DSG) as standard equipment, the development team was able to reduce combined fuel consumption to 5.9 l/100 km. That is equivalent to CO2 emissions of just 139 g/km. By comparison: Its direct predecessor in terms of power – also equipped with a 180 PS 1.8-litre turbo engine – consumed 7.9 litres per 100 kilometres (equivalent to 188 g/km CO2). This means that the new car is 25% more fuel efficient.
This economy contrasts with highly dynamic driving performance: The light 1,194kg Volkswagen sports car accelerates to 100 km/h in just 6.9 seconds and reaches a top speed of 229 km/h. This car is compatible with RON95 unleaded fuel as minimum requirement but RON97 unleaded fuel is recommended.
Power is transferred to the front wheels via DSG as standard equipment. An electronic transverse differential lock (XDS) reduces the tendency to understeer and improves handling especially in quick driving through curves. Like all versions of the model series, the Polo GTI also comes equipped with the standard ESP electronic stabilisation programme including Hill Climb Assist. In addition, the car’s extensive safety features consists of a highly effective airbag network, including combined head-thorax side airbags, belt tensioners, belt tension limiters plus belt warning, head restraints designed to avoid whiplash trauma (each in front), three rear head restraints as well as Isofix points on the rear bench seat for suitably fitted child seats.
In addition, convenience features include electro-hydraulic power steering, electric windows in front, central locking, bootspace lighting and tie-down eyes, warning buzzer for light not turned off, driver seat height adjustment, make-up mirror in the sun visors and green tinted insulated glass. The GTI will be the first Polo to be available with bi-xenon headlights with cornering lights, LED daytime running lights and corner marker lights as well as a panoramic tilt/slide sunroof. Naturally, GTI-specific features are always standard too, such as the sport seat system and 17-inch alloy wheels in “Denver” design. This car is fitted with 215/40 R17 tyres.
Based on the price list from Volkswagen Group Malaysia, the new Polo GTI is selling RM132,888 for the 3-door and RM135,888 for the 5-door excluding registration and inspection fees, road tax, number plate and insurance. The 3-door model is the signature model but I presume the 5-door will be a better selling model in Malaysia.
In conclusion, if you feel the need for speed with limited budget, this car can offer you a good run except for the size of the car which I am temporary still not able to compensate on. Anyway, you can now check out the car at your nearest Volkswagen showroom.
Photo Gallery: 2011 Volkswagen Polo GTI
Photo Gallery: 2011 Volkswagen Polo GTI @ Sepang F1 Circuit