Eighteen months before it goes on sale in the UK as a limited model, VW has displayed its upcoming VW Polo R, in the form of the VW Polo WRC Street.
Powered by a 217bhp 2.0-litre turbocharged and supercharged TSI engine, the power-packed Polo delivers 9bhp more than its big brother, the Golf GTi.
Inspired by VW’s entry into the World Rally Championship in 2013, the Polo R WRC rally car will also lead to a full-blown R version of the Polo road car. It’s that model which the ‘Street’ car gives clear impressions of.
The Street boasts an eye-catching bodykit which includes a boot spoiler and rear diffuser. The car also gets a more aggressive front-end and larger alloys; plus there’s R-WRC badges both inside and out.
Meanwhile, the actual Polo R WRC car, which is powered by a 296bhp 1.6TSI engine, is capable of scorching from standstill to 62mph in just 4.1secs.