Polo GTI R5

The rally GTI.

The stage is set for the rally GTI – the Volkswagen Polo GTI R5  The four-wheel drive rally car for customer sports, which is based on the sixth and latest generation of the new Polo, enjoyed a successful world premiere. The development of the new rally sports car incorporated the experience and know-how acquired whilst winning four world titles in the pinnacle of rallying, the WRC, from 2013 to 2016. Responsibility for the entire project lies with Technical Director François-Xavier “FX” Demaison, as well as Project Manager Jan de Jongh, who, as race engineer, looked after world champion Sébastien Ogier’s Polo R WRC.

As in the GTI for the streets: four-cylinder turbo engine with direct fuel injection

Like the production model – the new Polo GTI* – the Polo GTI R5 has a powerful straight four-cylinder turbo engine with direct fuel injection, which is mounted transversely in front of the front axle. The capacity of the rally car is limited to 1.6 litres, in accordance with regulations. This is sufficient to generate an impressive 200 kW (272 hp) and maximum torque of 400 Newton metres. A close-stepped, sequential, five-speed racing gearbox and permanent four-wheel drive achieve outstanding acceleration on any surface – whether asphalt, gravel or snow. Weighing just 1,230 kilograms, the rally GTI accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.1 seconds.

The four-door, steel chassis, which serves as the basis for the assembly, is manufactured at the production plant in Pamplona, Spain. In accordance with FIA regulations, it is strengthened with a role cage and other safety components. The first deliveries to customer sports teams, and the first competitive outings, are planned for the second half of the year.

* Polo GTI (147 kW/200 hp) fuel consumption in l/100 km: urban 7.7 / extra-urban 4.9 / combined 5.9; CO2 emissions (combined) in g/km: 134; efficiency class: C.

Technical Data

Design Straight-four engine with turbocharger and intercooling, transversally mounted in front of the front axle
Capacity 1,600 ccm
Performance 200 kW (272 hp) at 5,500 rpm
Torque 400 Nm at 4,000 rpm
Bore/stroke 82.5 mm/75.5 mm
Restrictor plate 32 mm
Engine management Bosch
Gearbox Sequential, five-speed racing gearbox, transversally mounted
Axle drive Permanent four-wheel drive with equal torque split between the front and rear axles, multi-plate limited-slip differentials, front and rear
Clutch Hydraulically actuated double-disk sintered metal clutch
Front/rear axle McPherson struts, dampers from ZF
Suspension travel approx. 180 mm on asphalt, approx. 275 mm on gravel
Steering Servo-assisted rack and pinion steering
Braking system Internally-ventilated disc brakes (front Ø 355 mm on asphalt, Ø 300 mm front and rear on gravel), aluminium brake callipers (four callipers, front and rear)
Rims 8 x 18 inch for asphalt, 7 x 15 inch for gravel
Tyres Asphalt: 20/65-18 (235/40-R18), gravel: 17/65-15 (215/60-R15)
Structure FIA-approved, reinforced steel body from production vehicle
Dimensions and weight  
Length/width/height 4,067/1,942/1,372 mm
Track 1,837 mm
Wheelbase 2,540 mm
Minimum weight 1,230 kg (without driver/co-driver)
Driving performance  
Acceleration 0–100 km/h in approx. 4.1 seconds
Top speed Up to approx. 200 km/h (depending on transmission ratio)