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2010 Volkswagen Polo GTI

2010 Volkswagen Polo GTI

2010 Volkswagen Polo GTI

Year (of specifications) 2010
Engine(s) 1.4 litre, supercharged and turbocharged 4 cylinder
Transmission seven speed twin clutch DSG, FWD
Max speed 142 mph
0-60 6.9 seconds
Horsepower 180 hp @ 6,200 rpm
weight 1,184 kgs / 2,610 lbs

The 2010 Volkswagen Polo GTI is the fastest version of the hot Polo yet. Providing the grunt is a clever little 1.4-litre TSI engine that uses a supercharger from idle through to 3,000 rpm at which point the turbocharger cuts in to provide boost.

The result is an impressive power output of 180 hp at 6,200 rpm, and 184 lb-ft of torque from 2,000 rpm which, when coupled with a 1,184 kg (2,610 lb) weight, allows the 2010 Polo GTI to accelerate from rest to 62 mph in 6.9 seconds before reaching a top speed of 142 mph.

Despite the none-to-shabby performance numbers, the Polo GTI is capable of delivering 47 mpg on the combined cycle while emitting just 139 g/km of CO2.

Sending the power to the front wheels is a seven-speed, twin-clutch DSG gearbox which has filtered its way down from VW's upmarket brand Audi. In addition, the Polo GTI is fitted with the XDS differential, an electronic cross-axle traction control system for improved traction and handling. The XDS system is a functional extension of the electronic limited slip differential (EDL) which is a part of the standard ESP system.

In order to improve steering response and sharpen the handling, the 2010 Polo GTI is fitted with upgraded springs and dampers which result in a 15 mm lower ride height than the standard Polo.

To visually set the GTI apart from the basic model, VW have given the car a new front bumper featuring a deep airdam and a black honeycomb grille, with horizontal red strips and a little - but vital - GTI badge. New headlights, and a stylish LED headlight option are also on offer. Sill extensions give the side a more sporty look, while the rear benefits from a new bumper with a small integrated diffuser and a pair of chrome-tipped exhausts. To finish off the exterior package, a set of 17-inch wheels identical to those fitted to the Golf GTI are fitted, along with a set of red brake calipers.

The interior of the 2010 Polo GTI featured revised dials, a new, flat-bottomed GTI steering wheel complete with small gearshift paddles and contrasting red stitching, aluminium pedals and new, heavily bolstered front sports seats finished in unusual tartan trim.

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