The India-made Volkswagen Polo VRS is tuned to generate 35 horsepower more than the stock version from the same 1.2-litre TSI turbocharged petrol unit
Volkswagen’s Indonesian distributor, PT Garuda Mataram Motor, has lifted the covers off a brand new version of the Polo hatchback at the 2018 IIMS (Indonesian International Motor Show) and it has quite a few mechanical changes to boast about.
The German auto major has introduced an uprated 1.2-litre TSI turbocharged petrol engine in the Polo VRS and is good enough to produce a maximum power output of 140 horsepower. The hot version of the Polo is based on the fifth generation model sold in Indonesia as well as India.
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It is not related to the MQB A0 platform based Polo that debuted at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. Since the Polo VRS is based on the aging PQ25 architecture, Volkswagen is producing the model at its manufacturing plant in India and shipping it to Indonesia.
The India-made Volkswagen Polo VRS is tuned to generate 35 horsepower more than the stock version from the same 1.2-litre TSI turbocharged petrol unit. The biggest improvement lies in the torque it develops as it has increased from 145 Nm to 230 Nm. The engine is connected to a seven-speed DSG automatic transmission.
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The VW Polo VRS is priced at IDR 308 million (Rs. 14,69 lakh) and to differentiate from the regular model, it gets a number of exterior updates. They include VRS decals, sporty black side skirts, front spoiler, blackened lower bumper, nine-spoke black alloy wheels, roof integrated rear spoiler, rear bumper extensions, black wing mirrors, etc.
On the inside, there appears to be no major changes except that the Polo VRS gets a new audio system with USB, smartphone and iPod connectivity. A driver armrest has also been included for the ease of driving during long journeys.