By Ronan Glon
Thursday, Oct 11th, 2012 @ 5:40 am
 

Volkswagen is rumored to be putting the final touches on a R-badged version of the Polo hatchback which is slated to make its public debut next March at the Geneva Motor Show.

The range-topping Polo R will reportedly borrow its turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder mill from the sixth-generation GTI. Through various internal modifications the engine's output will be pushed to 225 horsepower, a significant increase over the Polo GTI's 180 ponies. The bump in power will enable the hot hatch to sprint from zero to 62 mph in a little over six seconds and go on to a top speed of about 150 mph.

The car will be available with a mechanical limited-slip differential but no word was spoken about whether it will be equipped with a manual or a dual-clutch gearbox. Regardless, power will be sent to the front set of wheels only.

As can be expected, the Polo R will come with a host of exterior modifications that are likely to include a full body kit all around and bigger rims. The suspension will be lowered and stiffened to obtain a more responsive ride and the brake system will be upgraded to handle the extra power.

If the rumor is true, the Polo R will go on sale in Europe in the summer of 2013 as a limited edition model.