2019 Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 Release Date, Price, Spy Shots, & Redesign – Volkswagen let down rally supporters when it withdrew from the World Rally Championship at the end of last time of year. Now, less than a year in the future, the German automaker has released its come back to the rally picture, just in a totally different capacity.
Instead of fielding its individual Polo R WRC in the top-level rally series, VW is planning to offer you one more version of the Polo to consumer squads. Previewed for the first time in this teaser sketch, the new Polo GTI R5 is getting built by the same folks powering the previous version – which include VW Motorsport practical director François-Xavier “FX” Demaison and Sebastien Ogier‘s race engineer Gerard-Jan de Jongh. Full specifications have not been announced, but the R5 is getting based on the new Polo GTI with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine using direct injection to channel 270 horsepower to all four wheels by means of a five-speed sequential gearbox.
“With the Polo GTI R5 we are hoping to exchange our knowledge from four WRC titles to client racing efficiently, and offer you a first-class racing machine for a great number of rally championships from nationwide series to the WRC,” explained Volkswagen Motorsport director Sven Smeets. “Before the first race trip next year, we shall topic the Polo GTI R5 to strenuous testing to make certain it is well prepared for the incredibly varied track situations around the world.”
Once it is introduced in the second half of next year, the Polo GTI R5 will become a member of the Golf GTI TCR touring car in Volkswagen’s expanding buyer racing portfolio. It is a well-trodden route for the VW Group, with many other divisions providing customer racing cars like the Lamborghini Huracan GT3, Bentley Continental GT3, Audi RS3 LMS, Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport, Seat Leon Cup, and (most pertinently) the Skoda Fabia R5 that competes in the exact same class.