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Published on May 7th, 2011 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez


VW Readies A Polo R for the 2013 WRC

Volkswagen has unveiled a Polo R WRC. It will be entered for the World Rally Championship which will take place in 2013! Dubbed ‘the hottest Polo of all time’, the Polor R WRC will be powered by a 1.6-litre TSI engine delivering almost 300 hp and will also feature all-wheel drive.

For those who don’t know, the most important performance of Volkswagen in the WRC is noted back in 1986 in the Volkswagen Golf GTI 16V driven by Swede Kenneth Eriksson and his German co-driver Peter Diekmann. The two drivers claimed the world champion’s title in the newly incepted Group A. What is really interesting is that today’s WRC vehicles are still based on the philosophy of the Group A introduced back then.

Luca de Meo, Head of Marketing of Volkswagen AG: “Almost exactly two years ago, in May 2009, the most recent model of the Polo was presented here in Sardinia. Today we are proud to show you the hottest Polo of all time, the Polo R WRC.” For Volkswagen Motorsport Director Kris Nissen and his team the World Rally Championship entry marks a new commitment. “We look forward to this new challenge and are working on this project with the same passion with which we won the Dakar Rally in the past three years,” said Kris Nissen.

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