With 220 horsepower, the new Polo R WRCis the most powerful car in its class Small comparison, the John Cooper Works makes 218 horsepower. We did not have the incredible car of Sebastien Ogier Ogier which makes 315 horsepower, it could have been incredible but with 220 hp, it has really been fun. The car is unusual for the segment with a 2.0-liter, not a 1.6, which allows for many Torque, 350 Nm, which is not bad. An other difference against the competition: Finally a turocharged engine with a good sound. we had the chance to try the car numbered 590, to see it, it’s too bad: you must leave the car and look at the spoiler we would have liked a little reminder inside. Exactly, even if inside we find some exclusive elements, such as the steering wheel chich is Beautiful, with its flat bottom it gives perfect grip. We would have appreciated a numbered plate inside the car, riveted, but no we only find the WRC logo on the wheel and also on the shift stick ; t then the speedo is graduated up to 280 kph Which is impressive for surch a little car, and that’s it.We can also consider the WRC logos over the seats. I think this car is for Polo GTi owners who want a little more something. The GTi which engine is a 1.4 turbo, this one has a 2.0 turbo just like the Golf GTi. An exclusive model: only 2500 units worldwide, 50 for France We would have liked real sport seats, and also fixed calipers Instead of floating calipers, even if they brake strong enough, not enough special what is also a shame is not AWD That’s why calling it WRC is a problem for me. This does not mean that the car is not pleasant, despite some little failures For example: the big amount of power is appreciable on the dry, without being dangerous The front end is quite precise… till you start to drive flat out The front starts to lift up and some bad movements come through the wheel It is too bad. The rear end is quite teasing Mission for the pilot correctly dose the throttle in order to improve all that power Right, Saad, You watch out on that pin, it is very tricky Well since there is some clearance, I think I’ll enter the curve strong on the brakes Direct the car right on the apex, view far away, throttle on the exit and there it goes! Right, the road is dry, tires are sticky. You jump on the brakes and it places very well Even if we are not great pilots, there is much electronics inhere When you push it hard, you realize that All
this electronics tends to slow you down Impossible to totally turn off ESC – too bad. It is partially disconnectable For strong accelerations on straight lines. But at any lateral slip, ESC comes back and slows you down The car stays a little bit teasing, if you consider that ESC is somehow permissive Another bad point are the seats and their efficiency they are comfortable, but not sporty enough. This is called WRC for God’s sake We lacked some good firmness, especially on that segment we are used to Very firm cars on bumpy roads It is not at all the case for that Polo WRC Even better: it passes very well potholes If I had to pick up its killing item, I’ll take its design 18 inches rally rims Expanded tracks, these stickers that are beautiful Even if some of us see it as a tuning car, I love it like that Because it is not the “man on the street” Polo or Polo GTi Personalization has been done well with that blue calipers A particular color, good to see another color than the usual red! The worst item on this Polo R WRC? I’ll take the ESC that you cannot turn off.It is permissive, gives you some liberty but It will slow you down at every single lateral slip. We talked about it today, the seats that are really too basic For a car which has been given the WRC badge We expected something more exclusive For me the engine is the better item on this car. 2.0 turbo And 220 horse power is very good. 350 Nm on a Polo, that’s much and it Result on a car that you can drive on the torque, not obliged to rev it up We drove it mostly that way Between 3 and 5000 rpm, even though it revs to 7000 rpm I totally agree on the engine It allows the car to do strong accelerations On every gear you feel that it is ready to pounce, and it is very appreciable.A car that has several defects, they all have some didn’t they? But a car that is pleasant to drive fast, pleasant to drive slow too We took pleasure driving it Right, go for it… Don’t miss any… hum… any… hum… pfff .