New Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 rally

New Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 rallyThe vehicle which brought Jean-Karl Vernay the 2017 TCR International Series title, the Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR, will get a face-lift for the 2018 season with a re-working of the front-end bringing the auto to a design more similar to the production model, in order to increase emphasis on the relevance of the cars’ road-going counterpart.

Powering the Polo GTI R5 is a turbocharged 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine that develops 268bhp and 400Nm of torque, which is sent to the wheels via a sequential five-speed racing gearbox. With a weight of 1,320kg, the rally car can accelerate from 0-60mph in 3.9 seconds.

What do you think of the styling? We’re not huge fans, but we can’t hate it either. The GTI treatment includes new bumpers and skirts. There’s a little bit too much red going on at the front, but many people will get a discreet black or grey. Reed Blue Metallic also looks like a good fit.

The Polo GTI R5 is set for FIA homologation in summer next year, and is expected to take to the dirt in autumn 2018 when customer sports teams will start receiving the cars.

New Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 rally

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