2011 Volkswagen Polo Three-doorEnlarge Photo
Volkswagen is reportedly working on both convertible and high-performance versions of its subcompact Polo. Be forewarned, the chance is relatively small that these models would come to the U.S.; but if they did they'd considerably increase excitement at the affordable end of its lineup.
According to Autocar, the go-fast Polo would use a version of the 1.4-liter twin-charge (supercharged and turbocharged) engine, with the potential for up to 280 horsepower. Front-wheel drive would be retained, but the model would use an electronic limited-slip differential employing the individual brakes to control wheelspin and torque steer.
Volkswagen Polo cabrio concept brings light, spaceEnlarge Photo
Another model that’s under development but not yet confirmed for production, according to the publication, is a Polo convertible. Just two years ago, at the last Frankfurt auto show, the convertible and coachwork specialist Karmann—producer of the original Golf Cabriolet—showed a Polo convertible concept that was based on the previous Polo but looked almost production-ready, featuring a nifty integrated sliding-glass sunroof and slightly stretched body to accommodate space for the top and a small back seat. VW has earlier this year shown a GTI concept, hinting that a production Polo GTI is likely.
When the 2011 Volkswagen Polo is launched in the U.S., it’s expected to arrive as a hatchback and probably also a sedan.
The Polo GTI concept gives us a preview of the production version that’s due to go on sale towards the end of the yearEnlarge Photo
Having a GTI could add a dash of excitement to VW’s new entry model, while a new Cabrio could fill a gap in the lineup that’s existed since the Golf Cabriolet was discontinued in 2002 and the more mature Eos was introduced. If packaged right, a new Cabriolet could compete with the base Mini Cooper Convertible.
TheCarConnection.com will bring you more information as we have it; in the meantime, check out our preview of the 2011 Volkswagen Polo.