2012 Geneva Auto ShowJust the Facts:
- VW employs cylinder deactivation for the first time in a zippy little car that makes 140 horsepower and returns up to 52 mpg.
- The new 1.4-liter gasoline engine features turbocharging, direct injection and a stop-start system.
- The Polo BlueGT goes on sale in Europe in July.
GENEVA — Volkswagen for the first time is using cylinder deactivation — a technique that goes back decades in the U.S. auto industry — in a spunky new model called Polo BlueGT that goes on sale in Europe in July.
The heart of the car is a new 1.4-liter TSI four-cylinder gasoline engine that features turbocharging, direct injection and a stop-start system. The engine makes 140 horsepower and returns average fuel economy of 50 mpg — 52 mpg with the optional seven-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission.
That mileage is possible thanks to a new system that cuts out the second and third cylinders under partial throttle. Yet the Polo BlueGT has a top speed of 131 mph and can zip from zero to 60 in less than 7.9 seconds.
The VW gets 17-inch alloy wheels and has ride height lowered by 0.6 inch. The Polo BlueGT borrows the Polo GTI's rear spoiler and diffuser and front bumper and foglamps, and also gets side skirts, a black-painted grille and black mirrors.
Among the interior upgrades are sport seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel, black headliner and chrome trim.
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