While in Monaco to unveil its WRC rally car, Volkswagen also took the wraps off the Polo R WRC Street.
Looking virtually identical to the Concept from Wörthersee, the production version wears an aggressive front fascia with lower lip spoiler, raised rear wing and diffuser, but loses the Concept’s black wheel arch trim, which is a shame. Other features include bi-xenon headlights, R and WRC badging, motorsport striping and 18-inch multi-spoke alloy wheels wearing 215/35 tyres. Moving inside, the driver is treated to WRC-embossed sports seats in leather/Alcantara, an Alcantara-trimmed steering wheel and aluminium pedals.
Rather than tune the Polo GTI’s 1.4-litre TSI engine, Volkswagen has transplanted the 2.0 TSI from the current Golf GTI, which sends 162 kW (217 hp) and 349 Nm of torque to the front wheels via a quick-shift six-speed manual transmission. On the road that translates to a 6.4 second 0-100 km/h time and and a top speed of 243 km/h (151 mph).