The sport is due to introduce radical new regulations next season, designed to spice up the look and performance of rallying’s top-class machines. And this virtual beast may well be the German firm’s solution.
The image shows a wider (by 50 millimetres), more muscular and aerodynamically aggressive Polo that will bring back to the WRC the sort of spectacle not seen since the days of the monstrous Audi Sport Quattros, Peugeot 205 T16s and MG Metro 6R4s in the Group B era of the mid-1980s.
As well as visual improvements, power output is expected to be boosted by 60bhp, to 380bhp, thanks to the 33mm restrictor in the 1.6-litre turbocharged engine increasing to 36mm. The Polo will also shed 25 kilogrammes in weight, to a minimum of 1,175kg.