Polo TDI on An Eco-Tour with the “Eco World Champion” Gerhard Plattner

Today at 7.30 am the Austrian journalist and long-haul specialist, Gerhard Plattner, begins his “100 euro Eco-tour” in Bregenz on Lake Constance. He will drive over 3000 kilometres through 15 european countries and his trip will end three days later on 15 August in Luxembourg. The aim is to complete the whole tour on only 100 euro worth of fuel.

The “100 euro Eco-tour” will be conducted using a standard Polo TDI with the most powerful engine. Its 1.9-litre TDI-engine has an output of 74 kW / 100 bhp and a muscular torque of 240 Nm. It’s doesn’t look like an “economical Polo” but rather a car built for fun as its performance figures show: Acceleration from 0-100 km/h in 10.7 seconds and a maximum speed of 188 km/h.

Through the 100 euro Eco-tour Gerhard Plattner wants to show that a Polo TDI can not only be extremely economical but also sportily-dynamic. Finally, Gerhard Plattner wants to demonstrate it to the full on the Contidrom by carrying out a high-speed test at an average speed over an hour of over 185 km/h.

The Austrian journalist, Gerhard Plattner, is known for numerous long-haul and fuel consumption record tests as well as extreme tests. These have already secured him several entries in the Guiness Book of Records amongst other things as the most versatile driver in the world.

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