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Spy Shots: the Volkswagen Polo GTI that is not a Polo GTI in China

Published on August 25, 2012 by Joey Wang

New spy shots from the Volkswagen Polo GTI for the Chinese auto market, it will debut on the Chengdu Auto Show late this month and will hit the China auto market before the end of this year, priced around 150.000 yuan. The Volkswagen Polo GTI will be made by Shanghai-Volkswagen, the first time a GTI’d Polo is made outside Germany. But! As earlier reported the Polo GTI is actually not a real Polo GTI.

The European GTI comes with a 180hp 1.4 TSI while the China-made version will have to do with a 131hp 1.4 turbo that is used in many other Chinese Volkswagens. Are the Germans cheating? A bit. Volkswagen calls it the Polo GTI, so buyers might expect the same GTI and elsewhere. The China-made Polo GTI also loox the same as the much stronger European Polo GTI.

On the other hand Volkswagen openly says it has 131hp and the difference is well known by Chinese media. Still, it just doesn’t seem right. Freaking around with engines like this might also damage the ‘GTI’ brand, but sure Volkswagen thought about that one, not..?

Via: Autohome.

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  1. Steve- August 25, 2012 Reply

    this is just bad.. VW you nead to grow a pear and bring the real deal..

  2. AK- August 25, 2012 Reply

    Its the same reason why the Golf GTI made by FAW-VW doesnt use the latest EA888 engine – if the real deal twincharger engine was given to SVW to produce, they would get a piggyback on the R&D and steal the technology as FAW did recently with VW’s EA111 engine.

    The twin-charger engine used in the ‘real’ Polo GTI is a lot more advanced than anything the dudes at SVW are making right now, and they would have no guilt in taking what they can out of it for themselves.

  3. Steve- August 25, 2012 Reply

    then drop the 1.8T in it for a bit more go. now they are selling the polo ( gti haha) at the same price as a golf. 150,000 is too much for a polo with no get up and go..

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