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Re: nice polos.... (blkglf)


Insert Homer Simpson drooling noise here......

Errrr.... these are Lupo's, and damn they are hella cool. I would give my right testicle for one.


Modified by Stevemk2gti at 11:03 PM 2-13-2004
 

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Re: nice polos.... (Stevemk2gti)

Quote, originally posted by Stevemk2gti »

Insert Homer Simpson drooling noise here......

Errrr.... these are Lupo's, and damn they are hella cool. I would give my right testicle for one.

Modified by Stevemk2gti at 11:03 PM 2-13-2004

yeah i know they are lupos.... but close enuff to a polo...
they would really give a mini a run for their $$ in aust
you might need to lose a right testicle.... the lupos are very small inside
 

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Re: nice polos.... (blkglf)

I think they would hammer a Mini for $ in Aus. The GTI sells for around 9-11K in England which will translate out to about 27-33K in Aus? They are quicker than nearly all our cars (instandard guise... excludes VR6's and any Audi S series...) Chip the little thing and lookout....
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Re: nice polos.... (Stevemk2gti)

they are THAT quick????
don't they just run a 1.6 twin cam engine...
any specs on output?

 

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Re: nice polos.... (blkglf)

Here's my former Polo:

IMO, VW absolutely bolloxed up the new one. I think sales reflect this. The old one was a much more stylish design and had the coolest dashboard.
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can anyone explain this:
when the first polo came out with the 1.6 they reckoned it went well... though it only had 55kw
then they brought out the model above... (red on) with a 1.416v, and said the performance was zippy
then they brought out the current quad E-class headlights lookalike one, and everyone is whinging about the performance....
did the new polo put on alot of weight?
IMO, i love the look of the new polo, with 17s and lowered, they look absolutely hot.... but it is a shame about the engine... even a 1.6 from the golf would've been nice
 

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why there's no Polo GTI? the new and previous Polos are definitely good looking cars, and look like they can handle some speed and not a 1HP engine
 

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IMO, VW absolutely bolloxed up the new one. I think sales reflect this. The old one was a much more stylish design and had the coolest dashboard.

Are you from assyria? The new one looks hella cool, and IMO VWs only bolloxing up was not carrying the look over to the MkV. That would have harkened back to the original look and made heaps of sense...
 

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Re: nice polos.... (blkglf)

article on the polo GTi....
http://www.channel4.com/apps26...d=271
Hot Hatchback

Polo GTI

Volkswagen has promised a hot Polo for years, but it took the range-wide facelift last February to make it a reality. The revised range's stiffer structure, improved ride and handling and Lupo-style, tech-look cabin make a good base for a rapid Polo, and power - 125 bhp of it - comes from an iron-block, 1.6-litre version of the 1.4 16V engine used in some other Polos. Some discreet bodykit, BBS 15 in wheels with 195/45 tyres, a honeycomb front grille and xenon gas-discharge headlights set a sporty tone. Unlike the larger, more subtle Golf GTI, this is an old-school, upfront hot hatchback.

No longer on sale.

4CAR RATING

SUMMARY:
For: Looks great, well built, lots of kit, punchy performance
Against: Uninspiring handling
Sum-up: More frills than thrills

Reliability and Quality

Reputations are powerful things. The pre-facelift Polo was always held up as an example of impeccable quality, but the truth is that the cars were very variable and the interior plastics were dire. This time, everything fits together, panel gaps are smaller, textures are tastier, and you get the Volkswagen-trademark damped grab-handles too. On past experience, reliability should be good.

Image

On the face of it, the Polo has the right ingredients: pert looks and a great interior with a technical-looking dashboard and tasteful sporty accessorisation including chrome-edged dials and a leather-rimmed steering wheel. It also has an association with the Golf GTI, whose early versions helped define the hot-hatchback genre. But, because the driving experience is nothing special, it hasn't gained the enthusiast following a hot hatchback needs for real credibility. It's more a fashion accessory.

Performance

With 125 bhp on offer, plus 112 lb ft of torque on tap at a low 3300 rpm thanks to variable inlet-valve timing, the Polo can reach 127 mph and touch 62 mph from a standstill in 8.7 seconds. The 16-valve engine sounds sportily rorty without being loud, and its drive-by-wire accelerator responds keenly. Somehow, though, the Polo doesn't feel quite as lively as the figures suggest, and you're aware of its considerable weight compared with, say, a Citroen Saxo VTS or a Peugeot 106 GTI.

Ease of Driving

No problems here - the driving position is commanding, the seat and steering wheel adjust for height and the new-look Polo dials are ultra-clear. The accelerator, brakes and clutch are all smooth and progressive, the power steering is light for parking, and the gearchange, often rough and obstructive in pre-facelift Polos, is much slicker now. The previous Polo could make you think you were sitting in the bottom of a gloomy pit, but lighter trim materials and a curving-down dashboard have fixed that.

Safety and Security

Twin airbags and anti-lock brakes are standard, as is an electronic differential lock to improve traction on slippery surfaces. It works by braking whichever front wheel is losing its grip. The stiffer body has improved side and rear crash protection compared with previous Polos, and the steering wheel's height adjuster automatically unlocks and moves to its lowest position in a heavy frontal impact. An alarm and immobiliser are standard.

Roominess

The Polo is less spacious than some supermini rivals, and its boot space is tall rather than long, but there's sufficient space for four adults and plenty of headroom. The new dashboard allows both a passenger airbag and a glovebox, unlike the old one.

Running Costs

Average fuel consumption of 39.2 mpg is impressive for a sporty car, and servicing is required only every 10,000 miles. Polos hold their value well, and hot hatchbacks are back in favour, so the GTI shouldn't provide any shocks at trade-in time.

Comfort

This isn't always the top priority for a sporty hatchback, but the Polo scores well with a taut but smooth ride (none of the bouncing and floating of past Polos) and sportily huggy seats with unusual trim - a giant figure one on each seat with an arrow to show the direction of travel. The seatbelts are colour-matched, too. Automatic air-conditioning is standard.

Fun to Drive

Lowered and stiffened sports suspension should make for a meaty, interactive drive, and it's true that there's plenty of grip and the steering is precise. But there's something missing, which is that you can't fine-tune the cornering line with the accelerator in the way you can with the most entertaining hot hatchbacks. You steer the Polo, but you don't bond with it.

Stereo/Sat Nav

The three-door gets six speakers, the five-door eight, all powered by an RDS stereo with a boot-mounted, six-disc CD autochanger. There's also a choice of two optional satellite-navigation systems.

Value for Money

Recent price-cuts have made the GTI better value, and it's undeniably well equipped. It's now little more expensive than a Peugeot 106 GTI and, though less fun to drive, it's a car of higher quality and more substance.

Used

The Polo has long been the star of the supermini residual-value league table, and with its smarter trim and better build quality the facelifted version should fare even better. This goes for the GTI, too, as hot hatchbacks are back in favour.
 
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