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From the Polo I to the R WRC

40 years of the Polo: the sports models from every generation since 1975 here.

Polo I GT

The Volkswagen Polo first saw the light of day in 1975. But it was another four years before the sports version appeared on the scene, with the Polo GT causing a stir from 1979 on.

 

Technical specifications:

Engine: 1.3-litre, four-cylinder (in-line)

Power output: 44 kW (60 hp)

Top speed: 154 km/h

Polo I

Polo II GT

The Polo success story was continued with the introduction of the second-generation vehicle in 1981. The sporty GT model followed just one year later.

 

Technical specifications:

Engine: 1.3-litre, four-cylinder (in-line)

Power output: 55 kW (75 hp)

Top speed: 172 km/h

Polo II

Polo II Coupé

The Polo Cup was held between 1983 and 1989 and again from 2004 to 2009. In the first three seasons from 1983 to 1985, the drivers were behind the wheel of the Polo Coupé.

 

Technical specifications:

Engine: 1.3-litre, four-cylinder (in-line)

Power output: 65 kW (88 hp)

Top speed: Approx. 180 km/h

Coupé

Polo II G40

From 1986, the Polo Cup entrants fought for race wins and top placements in the G40. This model could be seen competing on the racetracks for the next four years, until 1989.

 

Technical specifications:

Engine: 1.3-litre, four-cylinder (G-Lader)

Power output: 85 kW (115 hp)

Top speed: Approx. 190 km/h

Polo G40

Polo III GTI

The third-generation Polo arrived on the market in 1994. The sports model followed four years later and was the first of its kind to feature the iconic letters ‘GTI’.

 

Technical specifications:

Engine: 1.6-litre 16V, four-cylinder (in-line)

Power output: 88 kW (120 hp)

Top speed: 200 km/h

Polo III

Polo IV GTI

Volkswagen unveiled the Polo IV after the turn of the millennium, in 2001. An updated GTI version of the Polo then also appeared five years later.

 

Technical specifications:

Engine: 1.8-litre turbo, four-cylinder (in-line)

Power output: 110 kW (150 hp)

Top speed: 216 km/h

Polo IV

Polo IV FSI

After a 15-year break, the Polo Cup celebrated a comeback lasting six years, from 2004 to 2009. The second edition of Volkswagen’s one-make racing series featured the Polo IV FSI.

 

Technical specifications:

Engine: 2.0-litre, four-cylinder (FSI)

Power output: 110 kW (150 hp)

Top speed: Approx. 200 km/h

Polo IV FSI

Polo IV GTI Cup Edition

The Cup Edition followed in summer 2006. This model was directly based on the body kit of the Polo Cup vehicle and is already something of a rarity.

 

Technical specifications:

Engine: 1.8-litre turbo, four-cylinder (in-line)

Power output: 132 kW (180 hp)

Top speed: 225 km/h

Cup Edition

Polo V GTI

The fifth-generation Polo was launched in March 2009. The GTI sports version appeared roughly a year later, and was then given some extra horsepower in its major facelift in 2014.

 

Technical specifications:

Engine: 1.8-litre TSI, four-cylinder (in-line)

Power output: 141 kW (192 hp)

Top speed: 236 km/h

Polo V

Polo R WRC Street

The sporty top-of-the-range R WRC Street model was unveiled in December 2012. This is a street version of the successful rally vehicle and is the most powerful Polo ever to have gone into mass production.

 

Technical specifications:

Engine: 2.0-litre-TSI, four-cylinder (in-line)

Power output: 162 kW (220 hp)

Top speed: 243 km/h

R WRC Street

Polo R WRC

Volkswagen Motorsport has been competing in the World Rally Championship with the Polo R WRC since 2013. Already in its first two years of competing, the Hanover-based team swept the board, winning the drivers’, the co-drivers’ and the manufacturers’ championships. With the first rallies of the 2015 season already completed, the 2015 model of the Polo R WRC (photo) is once again setting the standards to be beat.

 

Technical specifications:

Engine: 1.6-litre turbo, four-cylinder (in-line)

Power output: 234 kW (318 hp)

Top speed: 200 km/h

Polo R WRC