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VW Polo R WRC Street Concept at 2012 GTI Meeting at Worthersee - Web Exclusive

The street version of the rally car is powered by a 220hp version of the 2.0TSI engine.

Greg Emmerson
May 17, 2012
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Every year, VW unveils several new concept cars aimed at motorsport and aftermarket enthusiasts. This year was no different as they wheeled out both the 2013 Polo WRC rally car and a Polo R WRC Street study.

The street version of the rally car is powered by a 220hp version of the 2.0TSI engine, but that can’t come close to the 300hp 1.6L version in the WRC car.

Visually, the Polo R WRC Street gets an enlarged rear spoiler on the tailgate and rear diffuser to highlight the sports exhaust.

The body parts are painted gloss black to match the front grilles and wheel arch spats at all four corners.

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Sitting on sports suspension, the car has R-WRC logos, with blue-painted calipers to match.

Inside, it has sports front seats with alcantara center panels on all four seats as well as matching door trims. The seats have WRC logos on the headrests.

It’s possible that European motorists can expect to see a version of the Polo R WRC Street concept on the road next year to celebrate VW’s long-awaited return to international rallying. It probably won’t have the GTI’s 2.0TSI engine, but it should be a fun addition to the VW fleet.

By Greg Emmerson
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