Volkswagen unleashes their latest rally machine.
Based on the sixth and latest generation of the new Polo, the new Polo GTI R5 was presented to the public together with its road-going sibling for the first time in Mallorca, Spain, in early December 2017.
Powered by a 272 PS, 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine, the Polo GTI R5 also features a five-speed sequential racing gearbox and permanent four-wheel drive. In addition, rally equipment such as a steel chassis and roll cage are also included, which increases chassis rigidity and protects the drivers in a crash. Furthermore, the car tips the scales at just 1,320 kg – a potent combination that allows the Polo GTI R5 to accelerate to 100km/h in just 4.1 seconds.
In developing the latest Polo rally car, engineers used expertise and know-how gleaned from the car’s four previous world title wins at the World Rally Championship from 2013 to 2016. The development has been in full swing since early last year, with initial tests on both asphalt and gravel in France garnering positive feedback from the test drivers.
The Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 has been developed as a customer car to run in the WRC2 category, and FIA homologation is slated for approximately July this year. The car’s race debut is planned for October 2018.