Technical specifications

The authentic form of motorsports.

One of the special features of the World Rally Championship is that all vehicles have to be based on production models. The Polo R WRC is the result of an uncompromising further development of the production vehicle to create its rally counterpart.

Polo R WRC

The World Rally Car.

Perfect conditions for the Polo R WRC: the technical rule in force since 2011 in the FIA World Rally Championship prescribes a 1.6-litre turbocharged engine with direct fuel injection, thereby continuing the trend towards downsizing – a discipline in which Volkswagen plays a leading role with small-volume, turbocharged and thus highly efficient engines.


Type Straight-four engine with turbocharger and intercooling, transversally mounted in front of the front axle
Displacement 1,600 cc
Power output 234 kW (318 hp) at 6,250 rpm
Torque 430 Nm at 5,000 rpm
Bore / stroke 83,0 mm / 73,8 mm
Air restrictor 33 mm (FIA regulation)
Power transmission  
Gearbox Sequential, six-speed racing gear box, transversally mounted, hydraulicallyactivated, paddle on the steering
Gearbox Final drive Permanent four-wheel drive with equal torque split between the front andrear axles, multi-plate limited-slip differentials, front and rear
Clutch Hydraulically actuated double-disk sintered metal clutch from ZF
Front/rear McPherson struts, dampers from ZF
Suspension travel approx. 180 mm on tarmac, approx. 275 mm on gravel
Steering Servo-assisted rack and pinion steering
Braking system Ventilated disc brakes (front Ø 355 mm and rear Ø 350 mm on asphalt,front and rear Ø 300 mm on gravel),aluminium brake callipers (four callipers, front and rear)
Dimensions and weight  
Length / width / height 3,998 / 1,820 / 1,356 mm
Track width 1,610 mm
Wheelbase 2,480 mm
Minimum weight 1,200 kg
Acceleration 0–100 km/h in approx. 3.9 seconds
Top speed 200 km/h