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VW to soon launch India's most powerful hatch Polo GT

Last updated on: April 22, 2013 10:43 IST

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Volkswagen's GT has been talked about since about a year with countless test cars spotted all across India.

AutocarIndia reports that VW plans to launch the car in India on the April 25.

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The Polo GT will perhaps be the most powerful mainstream hatchback on-sale in India (that is if you don't count MINI Cooper S).

Most mainstream hot hatches in India such as the Punto 90, Vista D90 and Toyota Liva Sportivo have a power output of around 90 bhp.

The Polo GT will be powered by a 1.2L TSI engine capable of spitting a strong output of 105bhp/175Nm.

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It will be mated to a 7-speed DSG box only so don't expect any stick shift action. Disappointingly, VW will not offer a set of paddle shifters in the Polo GT.

VW India also wants to create some visual drama by endowing the Polo GT with a body kit similar to the recently launched Polo SR edition.

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Some of the goodies expected include front, side and rear skirts, rear spoiler, chrome exhaust tip, 15-inch alloys, upgraded materials, brushed aluminium pedals.

VW India's earlier attempt at the hot hatch market by dropping a Vento's engine in a Polo's body did not go as planned.

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The higher capacity engine shot the selling price of the Polo 1.6L sky-high thanks to our unique taxation structure that penalises cars with bigger engines. Perhaps, the market also was not ready to adopt a fuel guzzling hot hatch.

However, with more and more manufacturers lining up to cater to the performance enthusiasts (For example, Fiat is getting ready to launch the Punto Abarth variants in India), we can definitely say that the market is ready, bring it on VW!

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