We are getting excited about the next generation of supermini hot hatches; first with Ford’s announcement of a more powerful and efficient Fiesta ST, and now with news that the next Polo GTI could receive the larger 2.0-litre donk from its big brother.
Auto Express reports the previous Golf GTI will donate its 2.0 TSI engine, for significantly more power and torque than today’s 141kW and 250Nm 1.8-litre turbo Polo (DSG version). If true, this would mark an interesting strategy against the downsized 1.5-litre turbo in arch-rival Fiesta ST, albeit with more power and torque.
With the retention of manual and DSG gearbox offerings and a locking front differential (under certain speeds), performance could potentially dip into the five-second barrier for the 0-100km/h sprint.
The all-new Polo is also set to have a range of frugal three- and four-cylinder turbo engines and ride atop VW Groups MQB A0 chassis, which means it will be larger, lighter and stronger than today’s cars, with an even better interior.
Now all we need is Toyota’s supercharged 1.8-litre Yaris GRMN to split the 1.5 Fiesta ST and Polo 2.0 GTI down the middle and we’d have a trio of angry mice with different philosophies.