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GTI, Cabrio Models Could Spice Up 2011 VW Polo Lineup

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2011 Volkswagen Polo Three-door

2011 Volkswagen Polo Three-door

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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, space

Volkswagen Polo cabrio concept brings light, space

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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 year

The Polo GTI concept gives us a preview of the production version that’s due to go on sale towards the end of the year

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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.

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