Friday, July 14, 2006

Polo GTI Cup and Passat R36 Models Should be Forthcoming

Text from 4Car News.
Volkswagen has developed a new Polo GTI Cup Edition, based on the ADAC Volkswagen Polo Cup racing car, to go on sale next year.

It will come with a 180bhp version of the 1.8-litre turbocharged engine, 30bhp more powerful than the unit used in the current Polo GTI; this means 0-60mph in 7.5 seconds and a top speed of 140mph.

The Polo GTI Cup Edition will also receive additions to its body kit, including a roof spoiler, front and rear side skirts lifted from the ADAC racer, four-spoke 17" alloys and an interior featuring Interlagos sports seats. There are three exterior colours - Metallic Reflex Silver, Flash Red and Black Magic Pearl Effect.

There are, unfortunately, no plans at present to bring the Polo GTI Cup to the UK, so Brit hot hatch enthusiasts will have to find enough pounds to exchange into €22,425 if they want a left-hand drive example.

Volkswagen has also confirmed that next year will see the introduction of the Passat R36. Although details haven't yet been released, we understand that its 3.6-litre V6 engine will generate around 300bhp. We can also expect lowered, stiffened suspension, the DSG direct-shift gearbox and a uniquely-trimmed exterior and cabin for the full sporting effect; Volkswagen's 4Motion four-wheel drive system is also likely. Estate versions as well as saloons are probable.

Sales for this model will start in the first half of 2007. Volkswagen hasn't yet confirmed prices or RHD availability, but it could come in over the £30,000 mark.

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