So, Volkswagen has decided to give its Polo GTI R5 a new look ahead of its official launch.

The livery is very similar to the one used on the company’s Golf GTI TCR touring car.

“The Polo GTI R5 looks exciting,” said Volkswagen Motorsport Director Sven Smeets.

Deliveries of the new car will begin in November 2018 and will be competing in international and national championships around the world from 2019.

VW Polo GTI R5 front 3/4 View

Nico Mühr, a designer at VW, describes the dynamic look of the Polo GTI R5, “We purposely used many of the design elements from the production vehicles of the GTI family for the Polo GTI R5.

“In addition to the typical colours of red, white, black and the distinctive line on the front grill, it is the GTI icons with their honeycomb structure in particular that give the rally Polo its unique look.

“Ultimately, the Polo GTI R5, despite its extreme rally look, remains identifiable as a member of the Polo family.”

The car features a 1.6-litre turbo engine with direct injection, and weighing just under 1,230 kilos, it can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.1 seconds.

VW Polo GTI R5 rear view

VW has spent just 20 months developing the car, but has logged over 10,000 kilometres during testing, “Only minimal technical modifications are allowed to be made to an R5 during the specified motorsport lifetime of five years,” explained Gerard Jan de Jongh, Technical Project Lead Polo GTI R5.

“This is why we prepared ourselves as well and thoroughly as possible.”

I, for one, cannot wait to see this car out on a rally stage in the hands of a pro driver.

Petter Solberg just bought himself one, and he is going be driving one at the Rally de Espana later this month, so we should have a good idea of its potential at the end of that event.

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09-10-2018