By Ronan Glon
Thursday, Jan 17th, 2013 @ 4:37 am
 

Volkswagen has released a complete set of details about the limited-edition Polo R WRC that was debuted last month. Inspired by the WRC-bound Polo R, the hot hatch is the most powerful street legal Polo ever built by Volkswagen.

The range-topping Polo R WRC was previewed by a well-received concept that bowed at last year's GTI Meeting in W├Ârthersee. It wears a more aggressive look than the potent Polo GTI thanks to beefier bumpers all around, rally-inspired 18-inch wheels, a trunk-mounted spoiler and two chromed exhaust tips.

Fitted with model-specific stickers and emblems all around, the Polo R WRC is only available as a three-door hatchback painted in white with contrasting gray and blue stickers.

The front passengers are treated to bucket seats upholstered in leather and Alcantra, an arm rest and a navigation system. A three-spoke steering wheel and pedals made out of aluminum come standard to complete the race-bred look.

In the Polo's small engine bay lies a 2.0-liter TSI four-cylinder that is borrowed from the Golf GTI. Linked to a six-speed manual transmission, it sends 220 horsepower and 258 lb-ft. of torque to the front set of wheels, enough to propel the sub-compact from zero to 62 mph in 6.4 seconds and on to a top speed that is electronically limited to 150 mph.

Volkswagen will build just 2,500 examples of the Polo R WRC. The exclusivity comes at a hefty price and the hot hatch carries a base price of €33,900, which converts to roughly $45,200.