2019 Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 Release Date, Price, Spy Shots, & Redesign – Volkswagen disappointed rally followers whenever it withdrew from the World Rally Championship at the end of last time of year. Now, less than a year later, the German automaker has introduced its give back to the rally arena, just in a very different capacity.
Instead of fielding its very own Polo R WRC in the top-level rally series, VW is planning to supply another version of the Polo to client groups. Previewed for the first time in this teaser drawing, the new Polo GTI R5 is becoming built by the very same people associated with the prior version – including VW Motorsport technical director François-Xavier “FX” Demaison and Sebastien Ogier‘s race engineer Gerard-Jan de Jongh.
Full specifications have not been introduced, but the R5 is getting based on the new Polo GTI with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine making use of direct injection to station 270 horsepower to all four wheels via a five-speed sequential gearbox. “With the Polo GTI R5 we are wishing to move our expertise from four WRC titles to customer racing efficiently, and provide a first-class racing machine for a great number of rally championships from nationwide series to the WRC,” said Volkswagen Motorsport director Sven Smeets. “Before the first race getaway next year, we are going to the topic the Polo GTI R5 to strenuous testing to be sure it is well prepared for the extremely different track problems around the world.”
Once it is launched in the second half of next year, the Polo GTI R5 will join the Golf GTI TCR touring car in Volkswagen’s developing consumer racing portfolio. It is a well-trodden path for the VW Group, with many other divisions supplying buyer 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.