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Volkswagen Shows off a Car That's Not Boring

Volkswagen Shows off a Car That's Not Boring

Dec 10 2012, 1:40pm CST | by

VW shows off tiny hot hatch

Honestly, I don't think Volkswagen has ever made an automobile that wasn't insanely boring. I think the only Volkswagen I've ever thought was cool was Herbie the love bug and I was eight. Volkswagen...

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Volkswagen Shows off a Car That's Not Boring

Dec 10 2012, 1:40pm CST | by

VW shows off tiny hot hatch

Honestly, I don't think Volkswagen has ever made an automobile that wasn't insanely boring. I think the only Volkswagen I've ever thought was cool was Herbie the love bug and I was eight. Volkswagen has unveiled a new hatchback called the Polo that's all gussied up in rally trim that might actually be interesting.

The little car is called the Polo R WRC and it would have 217 hp and 258 pound-foot of torque. That engine will be mated to a six speed manual gearbox and the tiny little vehicle should have decent performance considering it's diminutive size.

The car won't be mistaken for a muscle car or a European exotic, but it promises to hit 60 mph in 6.4 seconds. This looks like Volkswagen's aim at Ford's new Fiesta ST.

 
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Jump Into A Hyundai i20 WRC For A Hot Lap With Chris Atkinson

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The recently revealed Renault EOLAB concept is providing a glimpse of our ultralight, aerodynamic future with its seemingly hyperbolic fuel-efficiency rating: 100km/liter (translating to 235 mpg on the Euro cycle). It may also be previewing the unbearable lightness of mpg’ing. With its generous use of magnesium, aluminum, and specialty plastics and polymers, the EOLAB enjoys an 880-pound weight savings over the current Clio IV. And with a 0.235 drag coefficient (a reduction of ...
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Shane is a self described car aficionado. He loves muscle cars, but also knows how green cars work. He has years of experience in testing cars and writes about cars with deeply felt emotions.

 

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