With the soon to be merger of Chrysler and FIAT, the American Automaker will soon be ofering a host of smaller, more European vehicles here in the U.S. Another compact city car that could find the same fate is Volkswagen’s Polo .
This is the second concept from the people’s car car maker, the Polo Worthersee 09. Based on the next generation Polo, this special edition comes painted in “Flash Red” and features two black rally stripes, just like the Golf .
The concept is powered by a 1.4 Liter MPI engine that makes 86 HP. The vehicle comes with 18" alloy wheels, a free flowing sport exhaust system and black nappa leather seats with “Berry White” inserts.
Press release after the jump.
In Austria, Volkswagen is already presenting a study that is based on the new Polo – the “Wörthersee 09” concept car. Visually, this study offers an initial impression of how a sport version of the new compact might look. It should be noted that it was always part of the successful model series as the Polo GT, Polo G40 or Polo GTI. From a purely technical perspective, the display piece is based on the 1.4-liter MPI version engine with 63 kW / 86 PS. Its unique aspects are to be found in the details:
Just like the Golf GTI Edition, this Polo stands out with its extro verted “Flash Red” body color. In addition, two black rally stripes command attention; they extend over the front end, the roof and back to the rear. The sporty, generously sized alloy wheels are the last detail. The black 18-inchers in “Budapest” styling are making their appearance with polished spokes; they generously fill out the wheel housings of the lowered chassis of the new bestseller – more than 13,000 orders have been received, even before its market launch. The black versus red contrast can be seen as a defining, excitement generating theme. The radiator grille screen, mirror caps, backdrop of the headlights and insert in the lower bumper known as the “buckle” all offer a dark contrast.
And the sport exhaust system pleases with its optimized sound. Premium black also characterizes the interior. It takes a path from the roofliner over the air vents – each with a high-gloss finish – the steering wheel accents and radio panel down to the very distinctive front seats. They are made of very high-end materials. Black nappa leather trims the outer surfaces and the center seat panels where they are offset by horizontal black stripes in the microfiber “San Remo”.
The seat’s lateral supports have an arc-shaped striped design which – viewed from outside to inside – is composed of nappa leather, flashred nappa leather piping, the white leather “Berry White” and black leather. The aluminum tread plates are also a custom feature. Similar to the Golf GTI concept car, they bear the signature “Polo Wörthersee 09”.
Red seams also enhance the leatherwork on the parking brake handle, gearshift grip, steering wheel and door trim.