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German auto tuner, H&R , has been working on a 2011 Volkswagen Polo GTI with the intention of turning it into a meat-packing piece of machinery. A few days ago, the aftermarket company unveiled the result of their hard labor by introducing a better-than-ever Volkswagen Polo with an upgraded suspension that H&R says will drastically improve both the car’s handling and stability.

The Polo GTI is already powered by a 1.4-liter TSI gasoline engine with turbo and superchargers that produces an output of 180 horsepower with 184 lb-ft of torque that’s available from 2,000 to 4,500 rpm engine and is mated to a seven-speed DSG dual-clutch transmission. The Polo GT is capable of a north-to-60 time of 6.9 seconds and a top speed of 142 mph.

While H&R largely left the engine alone, what they did was develop and improve the car’s suspension components to further increase its dynamics. This was done by improving the vehicle’s spring sets without compromising its overall drivability. On top of that, the front end of the Polo was lowered by 20mm with the rear seeing a 30mm decrease in ride height with a height adjustable H&R Monotube coilover suspension to boot.

H&R also took the task of including a set of TRAK+ wheel spacers that are made of high tensile aluminum alloy with an eventual option of offering a set of stabilizers in the near future.

The offerings may be a little limited compared to what we’re accustomed to with aftermarket tuning firms, but despite the lack of quantity, H&R Springs knows that quality is a much more important barometer in a successful tuned-up program. And as one of the foremost authorities in a vehicle’s suspension system, we have no doubt that this Polo GTI is going to have a lot more bite than its standard counterpart.

Press Release after the jump.

Last week we brought you news of the 2010 Race of Champions to be held at the Dusseldorf Football Arena this weekend. If you were still looking for a reason to get a ticket and check it out, here’s one more thanks to VW. The German manufacturer has confirmed their Scirocco R-Cup racer will be put through its paces by the world’s best drivers in head-to-head battle. It doesn’t get much better than that.

The entrance of the Scirocco R Cup car into the ROC is especially newsworthy simply because this will mark the first time a bio natural gas powered vehicle will make a run in the race. Bio natural gas is a 100% natural product created in Germany from biogenous waste materials and its use will reduce the vehicle’s CO2 emissions by 80%. The bio-CNG is a great way to power the Scirocco R Cup, but it would be nothing without pairing itself with the 2.0-liter four cylinder TSI engine to produce 275hp.

The 2010 Race of Champions will feature some of the most successful racers from around the world, but also some of the world’s most famous names: Sébastian Loeb (seven-time World Rally Championship winner and three-time Race of Champions ‘Champion of Champions’), Andy Priaulx (three time WTCC champion), Jason Plato (double British Touring Car Championship winner), Alain Prost (four-time Formula 1 world champion) and the German pairing of seven-time Formula 1 champion Michael Schumacher and the recently-crowned 2010 Formula 1 world champion Sebastian Vettel.

Press release after the jump.

H&R Special Springs is no stranger to providing premium quality suspension components to a number of car models from different auto brands. To put it succinctly Quite simply, it’s what they do, and they’re pretty good at it too.

This time around, the tuning specialists went to work on a car that’s lauded for being a favorite in the auto world for having the best of both worlds: high quality performance without the wallet-burning price tag.

This, dear boys, is the Volkswagen Jetta .

Regarded as a car that comes with a blend of sophisticated styling and unparalleled German engineering, the 2011 Volkswagen Jetta was the perfect vehicle to use as a platform for H&R to showcase their unique abilities in demonstrating how a car as inherently capable as the Jetta can be tuned and styled into something that can turn it into a car worthy of recognition.

Details after the jump.

Source: HR Springs
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In the world of hot hatches and sedans, the Europeans get to have all the fun. Look at the Volkswagen Golf R and the Audi RS4 . These are just two of the vehicles that we would love to have in the United States, but chances are that day will never come. Now, there is a new hot German vehicle and this one might actually come to our shores.

The four-door Jetta sedan might receive a hot R version and while these are just rumors, we wanted to give you a little insight into what it might offer. The Jetta R hasn’t officially been announced, so most of the information we have provided is simply speculation, but hot Volkswagens don’t seem to change much.

There is a chance that the hot Jetta will be shown at the Los Angeles Motor Show, but nothing has been announced as of yet.

Hit the jump to see the R.

Source: Autocar

The auto industry’s resident Pac-Man, Volkswagen , is looking to gobble up a stake in another car brand after failing to get a piece of Alfa Romeo . The interesting part is that it’s a brand that’s considered the main rival of one of VW’s Lamborghini . Care to venture a guess, everyone?

Ferrari .

The rationale behind this seems a bit perplexing considering that, in addition to Lamborghini, Volkswagen already has a stable of supercar brands in their line-up, including Bugatti , Audi , and Porsche . Of course, it doesn’t look like Volkswagen seems to care about this wrinkle considering they’ve been trying to acquire brands left and right, especially considering that they’ve got so much money – about $27 billion - to spend.

Of course, for this whole thing to get any legs, Volkswagen needs to have Fiat’s sign-off, which, if you ask us, is a pretty tough shake especially when you take into account the fact that Ferrari Ferrari is Fiat’s meal ticket and cutting their gains by selling some of its stake doesn’t sound like a good business decision. But what do we know, right?

The rumors floating around have actually been contrary to what we think should happen given that there are whispers that Fiat is interested in selling stakes to the brand while maintaining a majority stake in Ferrari.

That being said, Volkswagen chief Ferdinand Piech is still openly interested in the Prancing Horse brand, even if it means just owning a small percentage in the company.

Source: Autoweek

Don’t look now, but if this report is accurate, Volkswagen’s long-awaited roadster, the BlueSport Concept , is being prepped for a 2013 debut.

According to Autocar, the roadster is going to use the MMB (Modulare Mittel Baukasten) platform while using suspension parts from the Volkswagen Volkswagen Golf in an effort to curb production costs. Likewise, the production version of the BlueSport Concept will share the platform with a new Porsche “baby Boxster” and a similarly new Audi Roadster, which could possibly be the R4 .

Details on what the car’s engine option is going to be is still up in the air, although there’s a chance that it could come with the new turbocharged 1.6 FSI engine that bumps up to 220 horsepower when used with a variable valve lift system from Audi. The car’s transmission has likewise been linked to either a standard six-speed manual or a seven-speed DSG unit.

The production version of the Volkswagen BlueSport Concept is scheduled to debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, giving all of us at least two more years to salivate – and save up - on a Volkswagen Roadster.

Source: Autocar
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The Volkswagen Jetta has clearly been an afterthought since the first day it went on sale. Basically, it was just a Volkswagen Golf with a trunk and a bigger backseat. Yet, it’s been one of the company’s biggest sellers in the United States for thirty years. That being said, it doesn’t come close to the sales of the Honda Civic and the Toyota Corolla , but it was never going to now was it.

The people who buy these Japanese economy cars aren’t like the rest of us. They care more about price than they do European driving ability and build quality. They want interior room to haul their many kids, something which the Germans never thought of when they were in the design room. But this was the old Jetta, and times have changed with their latest creation. The sixth-generation Volkswagen Jetta, like it or not, has grown fatter, gotten cheaper, and now caters to Americans like never before.

The new price of the Jetta comes in at $15,995 for the base S trim, right around the price of the Civic and the Corolla. It would seem like that good old "German quality" will be lost at this new price point, but we’ll just have to drive it to find out.

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While we all swoon over the fastest and most powerful supercars on the planet, a market segment that’s becoming increasingly popular among car enthusiasts is that of the hot hatchback variety.

Despite not having the aesthetic styling of more touted sports cars, hot hatches have been given one that thing was only previously exclusive to sporties: high-powered engines. Add that to the growing fascination aftermarket companies have given to hatchbacks and it doesn’t seem surprising anymore that cars like the Volkswagen Golf R are being given some pretty sweet performance upticks, one of which, was done by MR Car Design.

Details after the jump.

With just a few days before the official debut at the Geneva Motor Show, Volkswagen has revealed the official details on the convertible version for their Golf model. The model will go on sale starting tomorrow, and in Germany the prices will start from 23.625 euro - or about $32,000 at the current exchange rates. All of the features offered in the classic, hard top Golf are also available in the new Golf Cabriolet.

The new Golf Cabrio will be offered with a choice of six gasoline engines, with power ranging from 105 to 210 HP. A diesel engine will also be offered combined with BlueMotion Technology.

The first distinctive feature is the car’s innovative soft top with an electro-hydraulic drive that opens the Golf’s top in just 9.5 seconds. It can be operate while driving at speeds of up to 30 km/h.

Hit the jump to read more about the Volkswagen Golf Cabrio.

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This is the ultimate bar room and barbecue debate that has been raging on for years and will no doubt persist for years to come. What makes a car cool? Is it cutting edge technology, timeless and sexy good looks, or ultra high performance?

We think it’s all of those features and then some. In addition to a combination of those factors, we’d like to think that a cool car can be defined as something that has influenced our attitude and thinking towards how we perceive what a car is and stands for. Some of them have an intangible quality that has captivated our hearts and minds.

Here then is our Top 50 coolest cars of all time. This is obviously a very subjective and contentious topic so feel free to leave your comments, criticisms, and additions at the bottom of the page.

Hit the jump for the hallowed list.

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