The same Volkswagen Polo GTI that was spied testing earlier has been caught doing its rounds once again prior to its nearing launch in the country.
With changing customer mentality and introduction of more mature products in India, Indian car buyers are slowly but surely becoming more aware and are also willing to spend the extra buck to get what they actually desire from their vehicles. Volkswagen is the only car maker in India to offer a performance hatchback that can leave much more expensive vehicles in the country biting its dust. The Polo GT has been received well and finds a few buyers who love the occasional need for speed.
When it comes to talking about performance oriented vehicles, not many examples come to our mind due to the fact that there actually ain’t so many of them. However, Fiat will soon be launching the Abarth Punto Evo and Abarth Avventura models to get the trend going. Volkswagen does not want to get left behind in this regard and will soon be launching the Polo GTI performance hatchback as a halo product in its Indian portfolio. The vehicle was recently caught testing sans any camouflage once again.
The very capable Polo GTI derives 190 BHP of power from a 1.8-litre turbocharged TSI engine that also powers vehicles like the Skoda Octavia. The good power to weight ratio enables the hot hatch to complete the 100 km/hr run from standstill in 6.7 seconds, going all the way up to an impressive electronically limited top speed of 250 km/hr. However, one of the big turnoff’s will be the GTI’s pricing which is expected to lie somewhere in the range of Rs. 16 lakhs (ex-showroom) as it will be imported as a CBU. But Volkswagen can help keep prices in check if a few components are shared with the standard Polo, given that the two largely look the same.
Anyhow, the high price tag will not stop pure enthusiasts from purchasing the Polo GTI which for them is sheer speed for money. The German car maker is also focusing on improving its after sales experience that has been somewhat disappointing considering the premium that VW demands.
Spy Pictures Source – Team-BHP.com