VW shows new Polo Blue GT

Volkswagen has an interesting line up of cars in Europe. The sub-compact Polo, for example, can be had in numerous iterations, like the standard Polo, with gas and diesel engines, a Polo GTI, A BlueMotion Polo, various body types, and the model you see here, the Polo Blue GT. The Polo BGT is an interesting vehicle with it's 1.4-liter gas engine (138 hp, 185 lb-ft of torque) and available seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission that allows sporty driving with great fuel efficiency. The Polo BGT is the first VW offered with cylinder deactivation that can shut off two of the four cylinders for even better fuel economy. The Polo BGT has many of VW's other eco tech (BlueMotion in VW speak) features like stop/start, battery regeneration, and aerodynamic components. The Polo BGT will hit sixty in just over 7.5 seconds to a top speed of about 130 mph. Why do we care in the good ol' US? Cuz rumors have been circulating that the Polo will be introduced into the US market with the next generation car (since Americans are beginning to buy smaller vehicles) to further Volkswagen's planned world domination. Fiesta and Fiats take note...here comes Volkswagen. Let's hope we get both the two-door and four-door hatchbacks

Source: Volkswagen - Press release after the jump.

Press Release:
To the point: Polo Blue GT

A new dimension for petrol engines:

140 PS Polo BlueGT consumes just 4.6* l/100 km

Polo BlueGT is the first Volkswagen with cylinder deactivation

Active cylinder management (ACT) reduces fuel consumption by
up to 1.0 l/100 km

For over three decades, the Volkswagen Polo has held its position in the top league of small all-round vehicles. The original Polo made its debut in 1975; and shortly after launch, it quickly became a bestseller. To date, nearly 13 million units of the versatile Volkswagen have been built. Milestones of the series include models such as the Polo BlueMotion that is uncompromising in its sustainable design, and talented sports models such as the Polo G40 and the Polo GTI. Now, Volkswagen is presenting another Polo that has the potential to set new benchmarks: the Polo BlueGT. It combines the aspects of ‘dynamics’ and ‘fuel efficiency’ to create a petrol driven vehicle with previously unheard of levels of fuel efficiency. A technical highlight of the Polo BlueGT is its TSI engine with active cylinder management (ACT) – which automatically shuts off two of the engine’s four cylinders. Volkswagen is the first manufacturer to implement such a system in a four-cylinder engine.
  • Sporty and economical. The torque-friendly 1.4-litre TSI fitted to the Polo BlueGT develops a power output of 103 kW / 140 PS, yet it has a combined fuel consumption of just 4.6* l/100 km (equivalent to 107* g/km CO2). When the Polo BlueGT is ordered with the optional 7-speed DSG transmission, fuel consumption is reduced to a low 4.5* l/100 km (105* g/km CO2). Nonetheless, the Volkswagen, which has a top speed of 210 km/h, accelerates to 100 km/h in just 7.9 seconds. Also having a positive effect on dynamics is the engine’s high torque output. The torque curve is interesting in that it exhibits a plateau-like shape: the maximum torque of 250 Nm is available at a low 1,500 rpm and remains constant at this level right up to 3,500 rpm.
  • High-tech package. This uncommon coexistence of efficiency and dynamic performance is enabled by the systematic interplay of ACT, downsizing (reduced engine displacement plus direct injection and charging) and BlueMotion Technologies (Stop/Start system, battery regeneration, aerodynamic components). With these innovative features, the Polo BlueGT closes the gap between the Polo 1.2 TSI (77 kW / 105 PS) and the Polo GTI (132 kW / 180 PS)
  • Active cylinder management (ACT). By temporarily deactivating the second and third cylinders under low to medium load states, fuel consumption in the EU driving cycle is reduced by about 0.4 l/100 km. When driven at a constant speed of 50 km/h in third or fourth gear, it is possible to save up to 1.0 l/100 km in fuel.
  • Features of the Polo BlueGT. The new Polo version is distinctive in many ways – both outside and inside. From the outside, the BlueGT is characterised by such features as new 17-inch aluminium wheels, a roof edge spoiler, modified bumpers (with diffuser on rear bumper), distinctive side sills and a 15 mm lower ride height. Interior features are upgraded thanks to such details as the extended functional range of the multifunction display (ACT indicator and tyre pressure), a cruise control system and sport seats in front. Naturally, features such as ESP, front airbags, head/thorax airbags and electrohydraulic steering are also standard in the new Polo BlueGT. The new car launches onto the market in the fourth quarter of this year. Its base price in Germany: 19,650 euros including VAT.
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* = All fuel consumption and emission figures in this press information are predicted figures as at June 2012