VW are showcasing their Polo Blue GT at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. The Polo Blue GT is a marriage of exhilarating performance and eco consciousness according to VW. The Blue GT system on the Polo features a stop/start system, and battery re-generation. The car is powered by a 1.4 liter TSI turbo, direct injected unit with 138bhp on tap. The Polo Blue GT is claimed to be able to sprint from standstill to 100km/h in less than 8 seconds. Add to that some impressive fuel efficiency and CO2 emission figures and the Polo presents itself as a green car with a throbbing, red heart.
Polo Blue GT also features VW’s new ACT or active cylinder management technology. The cylinder deactivation tech, which been seen previously on Audi and Bentley cars, deactivates the second and third cylinders under low-load conditions. Driving at 50km/h in third or fourth gear would save you as much as one liter of fuel for every 100 km traversed. This deactivation happens on the fly, and you wouldn’t even come to know when it happens. It takes 13 to 36 milliseconds for the switch to take place, and you can see whether the cylinders are active or inactive via a screen on the instrument cluster. This activation, and deactivation, however, can happen only between 1250 – 4000 rpm. There are checks based on throttle inputs and engine revs to make sure deactivation doesn’t happen when the engine requires power.
Visually, the Blue GT differentiates itself from the normal Polo by virtue of meatier bumpers, Bluemotion side sills, a rear spoiler, bigger wheels, black ORVMs and GT badging. On the inside, the seats are sportier, the steering is clad in leather and there is ample dash of chrome to make it stand out.
Expect the car to go on sale in the European countries by the end of 2012. There were some murmurs of the technology making it to the Indian Polo as well, but there hasn’t been any confirmation from VW India on the subject. We think it wouldn’t happen anytime soon as ACT will push up the price of the Polo, which being a small car cannot manage to stretch its sticker price beyond a limit in a market like India.