Volkswagen Polo Blue GT surfaces

Volkswagen has revealed its new Polo Blue GT model today at the Geneva motor Show.

The Polo Blue GT’s focal point is its engine, the 1.4 TSI, which comes from Volkswagen’s EA211 series of petrol units. Developed to fit into its range of cars that use the new MQB (Modulare Querbaukasten – or Modular Transverse Matrix) platform, the 1.4 TSI produces 103 kW (138 hp), yet it uses just 4.7 litres every 100 kilometres on a combined cycle, a figure that drops further to 4.5 l/100 km if the optional DSG 7-speed dual clutch transmission is specified. All that from a car capable of sprinting to 100 km/h (62 mph) in a mere 7.9 seconds and on to a top speed of 210 km/h (130 mph).

That lack of thirst is partially down to the Stop/Start function and battery regeneration system, but also the engine’s ability to run on two cylinders at low load. The cylinder deactivation (ACT) occurs at 1,250 to 4,000 rpm, and at torque outputs from 25 to 100 Nm (18 to 74 lbs/ft) which, amazingly, accounts for nearly 70 per cent of all driving states in the EU driving cycle. A press of the accelerator pedal reactivates the two cylinders – within 13 to 36 milliseconds!

Visually the Polo BlueGT wears the same LED daytime running lights, rear spoiler and rear bumper with diffuser as the Polo GTI, while its side sills and windscreen rain channels are borrowed from the Polo BlueMotion. A black grille and mirror casings along with multi-spoke 17-inch alloys complete the look. Inside is a mixture of GTI instruments with bespoke Blue GT sports seats and leather-trimmed steering wheel.

It goes on sale in Europe this July, with UK availability yet to be confirmed.

[Source: Volkswagen]

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