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Volkswagen Motorsport has already sold 15 models of the Polo GTI R5 to customers in Austria, Belgium, Finland, Italy, Paraguay, Portugal and Sweden.

08 Sep 2018 | International News : Germany


After the Polo R WRC comes the Polo GTI R5. With the World Rally Car version of the Polo, the Volkswagen works team won four FIA World Rally Championship titles between 2013 and 2016. The production-based successor model was developed according to category R5 regulations and is intended exclusively for customer racing. Volkswagen Motorsport has already sold 15 models of the Polo GTI R5 to customers in Austria, Belgium, Finland, Italy, Paraguay, Portugal and Sweden.

Volkswagen Motorsport presented the new rally car to customers shortly before homologation. Representatives of the privateer teams visited the headquarters in Hannover, where they experienced the 272bhp four-wheel drive together with test driver Dieter Depping at a test centre in nearby Sulingen. "The Polo GTI R5 has completed around 9,000 test kilometres to date, half of which were on gravel and half on asphalt," explained Volkswagen Motorsport Director Sven Smeets. "The entire development team has worked hard and delivered a first-class result, which has been confirmed by the initial reactions of customers."

"The feedback from this introductory session was extremely positive," added Juliane Grundl, Head of Sales at Volkswagen Motorsport. "Almost all the teams already have definite plans in place for using the car in the 2019 rally season and cannot wait to get their hands on their Polo GTI R5."
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