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Free 6th Gear for Lupo; Free a/c for Polo

Sat, 16 Jun 2001
VW hot little Lupo Gti, spiritual successor to the original Golf Gti, new gets a sixth speed in its gearbox free of extra charge.

Weight has been pared down to 978kg by the use of aluminium bonnet, doors and wheelarches. So the 1.6 litre 16v 125bhp engine has no trouble pulling it to 60mph in just 8 seconds and on to 127mph. Torque is 112 lb ft (152Nm) at 3,000rpm, combined fuel consumption 39.8mpg and CO2 emissions 168g/km (£140pa VED).

Standard kit includes alloy wheels, colour coded sports seats, alloy pedals, leather rimmed steering wheel, special Gti gearknob, chrome ringed dials, ABS, PAS, twin airbags, remote central locking with alarm, Xenon headlights, height-adjustable steering wheel, Isofix child seat fittings and a Gamma radio cassette.

List price is £12,980 on the road, including VW's 12 month manufacturer plus 24 month dealer warranty.

Meanwhile, Polo 1.4 litre 60bhp Match models now come with air-conditioning as standard from £9,615 on the road.

Manual Polo 1.4 60bhp models manage 44.1mpg on the combined cycle and emit 154g/km CO2, so qualify for the £120pa VED band (automatics are in the £155pa VED band). Standard equipment on all Polos now includes ABS, twin airbags, power steering, stereo radio cassette, split folding rear seats, two Isofix child seat mountings and, on the Match: central locking, body coloured bumpers, electric front windows, electric door mirrors and height adjustable steering wheel. A pair of height adjustable front seats is a £100 option.

List prices are: 3-door manual: £9,615; 3-door automatic; £10,450; 5-door manual: £10,080; 5-door automatic £10,915. All prices on the road, including VW's 12 month manufacturer plus 24 month dealer warranty.

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