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Still Forbidden in the US: Volkswagen Reveals Updated Polo GTI

Coming to Paris complete with a new and more powerful engine.

If a Volkswagen Golf GTI is above your budget and you also happen to be European, then you’re in luck. American? No luck here. The VW Polo GTI has always had its loyal followers, many of whom feel the Golf GTI has become too big over the years. Set to debut at next month’s Paris Motor Show is the updated 2015 Polo GTI. While the exterior remains relatively unchanged, the big news is under the hood. The turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder with direct injection has been dropped in favor of a new and more powerful turbo 1.8-liter mill.

It produces a total of 189 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque. Yeah, that’s a solid amount of power for something smaller than a Golf. VW claims a 0-62 mph time of 6.7 seconds (0.7 seconds faster than before) and a top speed of 147 mph. A six-speed manual gearbox is now standard and VW’s familiar seven-speed dual-clutch is optional. Buyers can also choose either three- or five-door bodystyles. Compared to the standard Polo, all Polo GTIs receive exterior add-ons such as unique bumpers, widened side sills, tailgate spoiler, and the familiar red GTI badging. The interior is treated to a sports steering wheel and sport seats with that trademark GTI plaid fabric. European sales are expected to kick off this fall.

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