Volkswagen Polo GTI gets twin-charged 177-hp engine at 40 mpg


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Since its winning of the 2010 Car of the Year Award at the New York Auto Show, Volkswagen has been working to refine its popular Polo GTI with its latest generation of Polo lineup for 2011. The new 2011 Polo GTI has the same gasoline engine of last year but gets better fuel economy. The new 177-horsepower 1.4-liter TSI engine comes with VW’s twin-charged with direct injection that are in the forms of a turbocharger and a supercharger-like. The new re-tuned engine gives the VW Polo GTI a combined fuel economy from 30 miles per gallon to 40 mpg on the European test cycle.

Much of the exterior remains the same for the 2011 The Polo GTI, except that it gets subtle changes like bigger wheels, red brake calipers and trimming around the front grille, and LED eyeliner with bi-xenon headlamps. Another handling added feature is the electronic differential lock to help reduce oversteer in tight situation.

With the new twin-charged engine and the quick shifting seven-speed DSG gearbox, the 2011 VW Polo GTI can sprint from 0 to 62 miles per hour in just about 6.9 seconds. VW Polo GTI also has a diesel version, which puts out about 71 miles to the gallon.