Volkswagen India has launched the much awaited, and the first true-blue performance hatch for India – the Polo GTI. The hot hatch has been priced at INR 25.99 lakh ex-Delhi and INR 25.65 lakh ex-Mumbai. The Volkswagen Polo GTI is introduced as a Limited Edition and only 99 examples of the model will be sold in India, at least to start with.
The Polo GTI comes equipped with a 1.8L 4-cylinder TSI engine mated with a 7-speed automatic DSG transmission with peak power rated at a scorching 192 PS. Peak torque is rated at a high 250 NM between a low and wide band of 1250-5300 rpm. The top speed of the car is 233 km/h and it’s claimed to hit 100 km/h from a standstill in 7.2 seconds flat.
While the car has been launched, not everyone would be lucky enough to get a test drive. Volkswagen will curate a unique test drive experience only for a select and lucky few petrol heads. You can visit Volkswagen’s India website to figure how to win that coveted test drive.
The key tech specs of the new Polo GTI are provided below
|0 – 100Kmph||7.2 seconds|
|Engine Type||1.8L 4 CYL TSI|
|Top Speed||233 Kmph|
|Gearbox||Automatic 7 Speed DSG|
|Max. Output||192PS@5400-6200 rpm|
|Max. Torque||250 Nm@1250-5300 rpm|
|Signature Design Elements|
|GTI Honeycombed Grill|
|LED Headlamps with red inserts|
|Dual chrome exhaust pipes|
|GTI Signature Red Coloured Stripes & Stitching|
The Volkswagen Polo GTI will be available for bookings at select Volkswagen showrooms across India. With the introduction of GTI, Volkswagen aims to bolster its image in India as a maker of premium, performance machines.
Speaking at the occasion, Mr. Michael Mayer – Director, Volkswagen Passenger Cars India said, “The GTI is one of its kind in the performance hatch segment and is designed for the petrol heads who are well versed with the GTI philosophy. It seamlessly blends power with comfort that guarantees performance and an adrenaline packed driving experience. The one who drives a GTI need not to explain anything. He simply drives a statement. Volkswagen GTI remains the icon for all sporty cars and we are extremely proud to bring this phenomenon to India.”
Adding further, Mr. Mayer said, “At Volkswagen, safety is not an option, but an intrinsic part of the brand. The GTI comes well equipped with 6 airbags, ABS, Hill-hold and ESP and we believe the GTI, will once again set the bar for young Indian car enthusiasts.”
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