After less than satisfactory reaction of the European customers to its recently launched 150 hp VW Polo GTI, the German car manufacturer Volkswagen has decided to unleash yet another, much more powerful and hot on the road VW Polo GTI Cup Edition compact hatchback.
According to the officially disseminated press release, the new 2007 Volkswagen Polo GTI Cup Edition features a 1.8-liter turbocharged DOHC four-cylinder engine with a maximum power output of 180 horsepower and a maximum torque of 173 lb-ft (235 Nm) available at 2000 rpm.
Well, the engine’s performance doesn’t look particularly impressive. However, with a curb weight of only 1191 kilograms, the new Polo GTI Cup Edition is not particularly heave, so the powerplant is good enough to provide the compact sports car with zero to sixty acceleration of 7.5 seconds and a top speed of 139 mph.
The engine is mated to a five-speed manual transmission that offers a top gear ratio of 0.82:1 and a final drive ratio of 3.65:1.
Of course, the fuel efficiency of such a car will primarily depend on your driving style, but official numbers look like you can squeeze from the tiny car 6.1 l per 100 km on the highway, around 10.8 l/100 km in a typical city driving and some 7.9 l/100 km in a combined cycle.
Apart from the more powerful engine, the Polo GTI Cup Edition also features a sportier exterior that includes a special roof spoiler, side skirts, 17-inch 205/40 ZR17 alloy wheels, and upgraded brakes (ventilated in front) that are painted in red.
In Europe the car will cost €22,425 ($28,425).
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