2.0-litre turbo class. The heart of every GTI, and thus also of the new Polo GTI, is the engine. In recent times the GTI has been powered by high torque four-cylinder turbocharged engines. In the case of the new Polo GTI, it is a two-litre direct-injection petrol engine with an output of 147 kW / 200 PS. It develops 8 PS more than the 1.8 TSI of the previous model (141 kW / 192 PS). This means that, like the Golf GTI the Polo GTI appears in the 2.0-litre turbo class for the first time. The 1,984 cc engine has a compression ratio of 11.65:1. The GTI unit delivers its maximum power between 4,400 and 6,000 rpm. This power plant of the third generation EA888 engine series transmits its maximum torque of 320 Nm to the front wheels at a low 1,500 rpm; this high torque figure stays constant up to a speed of 4,400 rpm – giving the GTI engine a torque curve that, rather than being traditional, features a sporty torque plateau.
- High-tech system. The new Polo GTI's special technical features include an electronic valve-lift system on the inlet side, a dual injection system with TSI and manifold injectors (combined direct and manifold injection), three-part oil scraper rings, an engine controller with four core processors and a Miller combustion cycle.
GTI efficiency. The new Polo GTI launches with a 6-speed dual clutch gearbox (DSG). A version with a 6-speed manual gearbox will follow next year. The Polo GTI with DSG accelerates to 100 km/h in 6.7 seconds. Today's most powerful production Polo reaches a top speed of 237 km/h. Despite its high power output, the Polo GTI can be driven very economically thanks to efficient drive technology. The combined fuel consumption of the DSG version is 5.9 l/100 km (equivalent to 134 g/km CO2). The Polo GTI is fuelled with premium petrol (95 RON).