2013 Volkswagen Polo R WRC by ABT Sportsline

Who knew a special-edition Volkswagen would be a popular car for aftermarket programs. Somehow, though, the Polo R WRC has managed to attract not just one tuner, but two.

A few days ago, we showed you a program that came from B&B . Today, it’s ABT Sportsline’s turn, and while not exactly as comprehensive as what B&B did, ABT Sportsline’s take on the Polo R WRC is no less impressive, especially in the way it was able to take advantage of the sports hatch’s already impressive setup and fine-tune it without completely going overboard.

A new set of 18-inch, DR alloy wheels are prominently added to the sports hatch while the interior gets a few noticeable upgrades as well.

ABT Sportsline badging was also added to the grille and rear, enhancing the appeal of the Polo R WRC by ensuring people know that a real tuner worked on this bad boy.

The tuner hasn’t announced any performance upgrades to the vehicle, but safe to say, the 290-horsepower output coming out of its 1.6-liter, TSI engine is enough to enjoy the aesthetic and performance spoils of the Polo R WRC.

Click past the jump to read about the 2013 Volkswagen Polo R WRC Street

Volkswagen Polo R WRC by ABT Sportsline

The grille and the nameplate carries the ABT Sportsline badging.

Volkswagen Polo R WRC by ABT Sportsline

Fancy set of 18-inch, alloy wheels have been installed too.

Volkswagen Polo R WRC by ABT Sportsline

The interior looks fancy, even for the standards of the Polo R WRC.

2013 Volkswagen Polo R WRC Street

Volkswagen Polo R WRC Street

When Volkswagen returns to the WRC scene, it’s doing so by going all out. As part of its return to rallying, the German automaker built a special edition Polo R that brings out all style and substance of the brand’s resident performance hatch.

The new Polo WRC Street will feature a highly unique and distinctive design language distinguished by a rear spoiler, a diffuser, a sports suspension, and an inscription with R-WRC logos. Volkswagen will also adopt the same white exterior paint combined with blue and gray elements as seen on the rally car.

Volkswagen also put in a larger 2.0-liter TSI engine from the Polo’s big brother, the Golf GTI, to produce an impressive 220 horsepower and 350 Nm (258 pound-feet) of torque, good enough to allow the sports hatch to hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.4 seconds with a top speed of 151 mph.

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