2018 Volkswagen Polo GTI won’t have a guide gearbox in Australia

In news for classic very hot hatch enthusiasts, Volkswagen Australia will not offer a manual gearbox on the brand new Polo GTI, thanks in August — although it will become accessible overseas, should really the company’s local arm adjust its thoughts.

Citing a absence of sector demand from customers for 3-pedal vehicles in our market, the corporation will rather supply its new entry quality pocket rocket solely with a DSG and paddles — just like the outgoing product just before it acquired a mid-existence up grade in 2015.

We were explained to of this final decision by Volkswagen Australia staffers these days.

Gross sales figures clearly show that about 30 for every cent of people who’ve bought the outgoing Polo GTI more than the previous decades, because the manual option arrived, have preferred this gearbox style. But the company reckons that’s much more simply because of its 70Nm torque advantage in excess of the DSG (320Nm v 250Nm from a 1.8 turbo).

Contrasting with this, the 2.-litre turbo Polo GTI in new era variety receives the identical 147kW/320Nm outputs with each gearbox alternatives many thanks to a much better DSG, spelling the stop for the handbook below.

At minimum, until frustrating market place demand from customers alterations VGA’s intellect, at which stage its mum or dad in Germany will deliver some our way, as it will for the Uk from afterwards this calendar year, according to British isles press sources.

Strengthening the case of VGA’s item planners to go DSG only, is the fact that just 10 for each cent of all Golf GTI and Golfing R products offered right here have manuals equipped, with even the ‘purist focused’ GTI Authentic 3-door overwhelmingly bought with the additional-cost DSG.

It is no shock that much less Australians are keen to change their own gears, but if at any time a auto suited a guide, it’d definitely be a warm hatch like this, appropriate?

Effectively, Volkswagen isn’t on its own. Former guide-focused Renault doesn’t make its Clio R.S with everything other than an EDC dual-clutch auto any extra, even though its new Megane R.S will occur with a manual or auto.

The Mk6 Polo GTI will in fairness be a dead set rocket with either ‘box. Zero to 100km/h in 6.7sec, in reality. That electric power figure matches the Mk5 Golf GTI, and the torque is 40Nm bigger. Hope pricing to kick off at about $30k.


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