Unfortunately, the Polo GTI lives in the shadow of its big brother. And yet, Volkswagen’s hot hatchback celebrates 25 years on the market this year, and the German company is celebrating by launching a limited number of cars in the “Edition 25” – a special edition based on small design details to distinguish it from the standard model as it does not offer something more in other areas.
So the history of Volkswagen Polo GTI starts back in 1998, and 3.of the generation of a small hatchback that with the help of a 1600 air gasoline engine was able to acquire a different character. The letter corresponding to the change of the German emblem did on the outside with new bumpers, side skirts, fog lights and attractive, split 15-inch BBS alloy wheels. The next generation had a turbo 1800 which in the early 2000s we also got in other models of the group and provide 180 hp while 5.of generation, started with… double turbocharged (supercharger and turbo) 1.4 liter petrol engine and in the facelift got 1.8 TSI with 192 horses. This is how we arrive at today’s Mk6 Polo GTI which is powered by a slightly reduced version of its big brother’s two-litre turbocharged petrol engine.
The 25th edition of the Polo GTI has the same engine that produces 207 hp and 320 Nm of torque that is sent to the road from the wheels of the front axle through a double-clutch automatic gearbox and an electric “XDS” sliding differential. Thanks to this combination, the hot-hatch of memory accelerates to 100 km / h in just 6.5 seconds while the sports suspension reduces the ground clearance by 15 millimeters and reduces the limits of the body. To… sweeten the pill, Volkswagen “builds” on the classic look of the Polo GTI with 18-inch “Adelaide” alloy wheels in black, a black roof and black glass covers, while in the cabin we see a standard charge. sports seats with integrated GTI logo on the back and of course, “One of 2500” plaque on the door sills to indicate the limited production of this special edition. In addition to the traditional colors in which the Polo GTI is already available, the 25th Edition is also available in “Ascot Grey”.
Finally, it is worth mentioning that the IQ.Light LED matrix light bodies with LED daytime running lights and the Dynamic Light Assist system, the Ready2Discover entertainment and information system using the 8-inch screen in the center of the dashboard, etc. have been added to the standard equipment. . All this and the limited production of the anniversary version contribute to the fact that the Volkswagen Polo GTI 25 Edition costs from €35,205 in Germany, while in closing we should mention that orders start from 1.of of June.