Find it hard to picture your sleek city slicker — that gunmetal grey Volkswagen Polo you drive — flying through the air? Leaping over yumps and crests, smashing its way through dense scrub, tackling water crossings with aplomb? Well, Volkswagen doesn’t. The German carmaker has announced that they will make a return to the World Rally Championship in 2013 and their steed of choice is going to be based on the Polo. Called the Volkswagen Polo R WRC, the car will come powered by a 1.6-litre TSI engine that makes nearly 300 bhp. How’s that for a hot hatch? As per FIA World Rally Championship regulations, the car will be four-wheel drive, have direct injection and will also be turbocharged. The concept reveals the car will have a wider body, a new hood with vents, a massive rear wing and an air scoop on the roof.
Of course, Volkswagen has a bit of a history in the WRC — the eighties saw VWs take part in plenty of rallies, even winning one WRC title. Kenneth Eriksson and Peter Diekmann piloted their Volkswagen Golf GTI to victory in 1986.
Other than the Polo, the Skoda Fabia and Suzuki Swift are the only hatches sold in the Indian market that currently take part in major rallies abroad. The Polo, of course, is also a part of the racing scene in India. Don’t forget the Polo Cup forms a big part of the current National Racing Championship.
And what other forms of motorsport does Volkswagen take part in? Well, they run the Volkswagen Jetta Cup in China, they have the Scirocco R Cup in Germany and their Race Touaregs have dominated the Dakar in the recent past.
So, when can we see a road legal version of what looks set to be simply the hottest hatch around? Knowing Volkswagen, it might just be soon!