Audi S1 trumps Polo R; Jetta R in the works
With an R version offered for both the Scirocco and the Golf, some might have believed that the same treatment would also be applied to the smaller Polo. It seems those people would be wrong. Even though Volkswagen established the GmbH division in order to develop sportier models of their current lineup, Volkswagen has decided not to build the Polo R. The reason behind this would be because it would affect sales for the future Audi S1 due out in 2011.
During the official debut of the new Polo GTI (pictured), the car’s technical chief, Dr Ernst Linder said: "I would say there have been some ideas about [Polo R], but more in the press than the company itself because we have our GTI and within our company Audi has an S1. The S1 topped our GTI and to put a car above both, we think we’ll not have the volume to make it interesting. It would be too small amount of cars we can sell like this."
Also, when talking about the future S1 he confirmed that the car will be powered by a 1.4-liter turbocharged and supercharged engine used in the Polo GTI, but it will feature a front-wheel drive configuration.
He also confirmed that the next generation Jetta will also get a R version. It will use the same 2.0-liter turbo engine and all-wheel drive set-up from the Golf R.