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Sporty Vivo GT arrives!

2011-10-11 12:37

Volkswagen SA's hugely popular Polo Vivo will gain a sporty derivative with the introduction of a GT version. Got an extra five grand?

Under the bonnet will be a 77kW/155Nm, 1.6 engine and a simple five-speed gearbox which together, VW says, will hurl the little car to 100km/h from parked in about 11 seconds. More important in the real world will be its fuel consumption: VW claims 6.6/100... Others might think the lowered suspension more important.

The Vivo GT will also have anti-lock brakes, power windows, radio/CD with four speakers, theft alarm and central locking with remote-controlled activation - just like the plain 1.6. So to set itself apart from its siblings the GT will have GT badges on its grille and boot door, a spoiler and chromed twin exhausts.

SPORTY INTERIOR

Comfort items for the GT include sport seats, a three-spoked steering wheel, silver fascia panels and red stitching on the gear lever and handbrake. Colour choice is simple and very CitiGolf-recalling... you can have black, white, red or silver.

Compared to the current 1.6-litre Trendline model you're essentially getting a body kit and sporty interior extras, for R5000 more.
 
Price: Volkswagen Polo Vivo GT 1.6 - R155 320 (standard 1.6 Trendline - R150 320), including a three-year or 120 000km warranty and a six-year anti-rust through warranty. Service plan an option. Service intervals 15 000km.

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Comments
  • ArthurDent - 2011-10-11 13:29

    77 kw 0-100 11 sec Wheee! NOT

      Impreza_WRX - 2011-10-11 14:05

      Just wait till the brigade arrives to proclaim it "class-leading" German Engineering!

      Impreza_WRX - 2011-10-11 14:05

      Just wait till the brigade arrives to proclaim it "class-leading" German Engineering!

      Parko - 2011-10-12 07:49

      VW - Das Scheisse

      Parko - 2011-10-12 07:49

      VW - Das Scheisse

      Mark Singh - 2011-10-12 09:24

      0-100 in 11sec, more like a brisk Sunday afternoon walk

      Mark Singh - 2011-10-12 09:24

      0-100 in 11sec, more like a brisk Sunday afternoon walk

      OneNight - 2011-10-12 09:28

      Despite all the negativity this is a very good car. Why not bash Ford also for keeping the old Fiesta/Figo. The old Fiesta was never as good as the old Polo/Vivo. This car is a 3 door and imagine how it will look with a pair of 17inch rims with a lowering kit. They will be all over Cape Town come summertime.

      OneNight - 2011-10-12 09:28

      Despite all the negativity this is a very good car. Why not bash Ford also for keeping the old Fiesta/Figo. The old Fiesta was never as good as the old Polo/Vivo. This car is a 3 door and imagine how it will look with a pair of 17inch rims with a lowering kit. They will be all over Cape Town come summertime.

      Tembo - 2011-10-12 11:37

      Exactly OneNight - you only care about how it looks with rims and "lowered". You don't really care if its a decent car do you ? The Figo is actually better than the Vivo, definitely in ride / handling

      TP - 2011-10-13 13:28

      @Daewoo-WRX. This Polo entry levels interior finishes isn't far off your R480k new STi. Now you wanna diss VW. That tupperware you're driving is old tech. Take off that hair dryer and they are less than useless. What 121kw from a 2.5l, lol. Any Subaru without a turbo is horrible to drive, no power. Ever drive those Hatch imprezas ? Drives like a 1990's Golf in 2010.

  • Adam - 2011-10-11 13:47

    Hahaha, the whole tone of this article is so condescending - clearly not a big hit around these parts. I knew it was gonna happen eventually, I just really thought they would have given it a bit more power, c'mon! Regardless of what people think of this car it will still sell well, that's just the reality.

  • Trevor B - 2011-10-11 13:49

    Sporty??

  • RacingShark - 2011-10-11 14:21

    Talk about milking a model till its dry.

      Allan Hill - 2011-10-12 09:08

      If it sells why not?? Don't no any business that would not "milk" a product if it sold as many products a month as this does. Would be pretty silly business if they didn't...

      Allan Hill - 2011-10-12 09:08

      If it sells why not?? Don't no any business that would not "milk" a product if it sold as many products a month as this does. Would be pretty silly business if they didn't...

  • TP - 2011-10-11 14:27

    I saw it at JIMS, Bar for the 15inch rims and it being a 3 door, looks just like the old GTI Polo, which isn't a bad thing. It will sell.

  • o Great one - 2011-10-11 14:42

    a car for the wankers again (just like the old citi)

  • Miguel Toscano Figueira - 2011-10-11 14:53

    There´s no need to invent more and more versions of this old boxy model! It´s obsolet and ugly. This is a joke! This old car was produced in Europe, Serbia and spain from 2000 to 2007!!

      Impreza_WRX - 2011-10-12 14:35

      @TP: People continue voting for the ANC, and we all know (except perhaps yourself and other low lives) that thay suck hard. ONLY IN SA!!!!!

      TP - 2011-10-13 13:16

      @Daewoo_WRX, if you don't like it here, no one is keeping you from leaving. You probably can't leave, because of 2 reasons, you don't have the cash, and/or you're not qualified in anything, so no 1st World Country will grant you residence......who's the low life now.

  • Miguel Toscano Figueira - 2011-10-11 15:42

    I do not understand who buys a old concept (with ten years old) car!! Only in South Africa! This car was launched in the end of 2000 and produced till 2007 with poor sales. Even in its local market, Germany it was a kind of a flop. Know as the boxy polo. It´s old and ugly and ancient conception.

      Francois - 2011-10-11 17:08

      Miguel, the model is an entry level vehicle for a certain market in mind. As much as the concept didnt sell overseas, locally this car was a huge success and the vivo sales are still climbing. its proven its worth as the original polo. The parts are cheap and locally available. from a marketing perspective: the vehicles parts were available and cheap to produce. they needed something that could take the old citi golfs place. now would you rather utilize what is already available to you at the factory and launch the vivo or use millions(cutting into company profits)to develop a new design and car?? these designs or cheap facelifts are brought out bec it gives people options. People like options and people will buy. If choice wasnt available people would people stick with a a specific brand? but to be honest at that price I would rather fork out an extra 10gs and buy a polo 1.4 comfortline. Way more car than what the Vivo could be.

      Francois - 2011-10-11 17:08

      Miguel, the model is an entry level vehicle for a certain market in mind. As much as the concept didnt sell overseas, locally this car was a huge success and the vivo sales are still climbing. its proven its worth as the original polo. The parts are cheap and locally available. from a marketing perspective: the vehicles parts were available and cheap to produce. they needed something that could take the old citi golfs place. now would you rather utilize what is already available to you at the factory and launch the vivo or use millions(cutting into company profits)to develop a new design and car?? these designs or cheap facelifts are brought out bec it gives people options. People like options and people will buy. If choice wasnt available people would people stick with a a specific brand? but to be honest at that price I would rather fork out an extra 10gs and buy a polo 1.4 comfortline. Way more car than what the Vivo could be.

      xolisa.boqwana - 2011-10-12 08:08

      with poor sales? you must have been in a coma in all those years. It sold more than a Corrola which has always been a benchmark it passanger vehicle sales in SA.

  • Peet - 2011-10-11 17:00

    Match first 1990 Monza 1600 Gsi before you pay R155,000

  • Pints - 2011-10-11 18:11

    Oh well, better a 10 year old design than a 30 year old design.

      Peet - 2011-10-11 18:21

      30 year old design looks better that's a fact

      Peet - 2011-10-11 18:21

      30 year old design looks better that's a fact

      The lost Emperor - 2011-10-12 09:10

      I could never really see what a Monza looked like - it was always hidden behind a huge cloud of exhaust smoke...

      The lost Emperor - 2011-10-12 09:10

      I could never really see what a Monza looked like - it was always hidden behind a huge cloud of exhaust smoke...

  • Christo Stone - 2011-10-11 19:45

    77kw out of a 1.6...only VW knows how to get so little power out of an engine...and then call it a "GT"

      Peet - 2011-10-12 05:47

      1600 Gsi Monza and Astra 160 IE 74KW,77KW 8 VALVE MAKE A JOKE OF VW 1600 77 KW

      Peet - 2011-10-12 05:47

      1600 Gsi Monza and Astra 160 IE 74KW,77KW 8 VALVE MAKE A JOKE OF VW 1600 77 KW

      The lost Emperor - 2011-10-12 07:04

      Peet, the Monza is dead. Bury it already.

      The lost Emperor - 2011-10-12 07:04

      Peet, the Monza is dead. Bury it already.

      xolisa.boqwana - 2011-10-12 08:23

      Peet the 1999-2004 1.6 16V Astra Model was 72kW, my 2006 Astra Enjoy 1.6 was also 77kW, so your talk about a Monza is either irrelevant or a blue lie. 77kW is good enough and the top speed and 0-100 is in the same range as the less successful competitors.

      xolisa.boqwana - 2011-10-12 08:23

      Peet the 1999-2004 1.6 16V Astra Model was 72kW, my 2006 Astra Enjoy 1.6 was also 77kW, so your talk about a Monza is either irrelevant or a blue lie. 77kW is good enough and the top speed and 0-100 is in the same range as the less successful competitors.

      Peet - 2011-10-12 08:36

      The lost Emperor - That is true but plenty stil on the road but one thing you must agree Gsi and 160 ie was the best 1600 ever

      Peet - 2011-10-12 08:36

      The lost Emperor - That is true but plenty stil on the road but one thing you must agree Gsi and 160 ie was the best 1600 ever

      The lost Emperor - 2011-10-12 08:56

      @Peet - "Best 1600 ever"? are you serious? Do you live in the 80's? It may have been a _good_ 1600 for 6 months somewhere in the 80's, but surely not the "best 1600 ever"

      The lost Emperor - 2011-10-12 08:56

      @Peet - "Best 1600 ever"? are you serious? Do you live in the 80's? It may have been a _good_ 1600 for 6 months somewhere in the 80's, but surely not the "best 1600 ever"

      The lost Emperor - 2011-10-12 09:03

      If you want to look at (currently) the best (non-turbo-charged) 1600 engines, look at BMW's 1600 (90kW). I am not a BMW fan in the least, but I give credit where credit's due. And don't discount Honda's engines too. 88kW from a 1500 (SOHC). That is good engineering - and we know Honda engines are good. And then there's the old VTEC engines from previous Civics. Over 110kW from a 1500. So don't warra warra about a silly 1600 Opel engine being the best ever.

      The lost Emperor - 2011-10-12 09:03

      If you want to look at (currently) the best (non-turbo-charged) 1600 engines, look at BMW's 1600 (90kW). I am not a BMW fan in the least, but I give credit where credit's due. And don't discount Honda's engines too. 88kW from a 1500 (SOHC). That is good engineering - and we know Honda engines are good. And then there's the old VTEC engines from previous Civics. Over 110kW from a 1500. So don't warra warra about a silly 1600 Opel engine being the best ever.

      PE_Rob - 2011-10-12 10:18

      Don't discount the Koreans - Hyundai Accent/i20 1.6 - 91kw, 159nm, Hyundai Elantra 1.6 - 96kw, 157nm, and soon to be released in SA Veloster 1.6 - 103kw 167nm...

      PE_Rob - 2011-10-12 10:18

      Don't discount the Koreans - Hyundai Accent/i20 1.6 - 91kw, 159nm, Hyundai Elantra 1.6 - 96kw, 157nm, and soon to be released in SA Veloster 1.6 - 103kw 167nm...

      Chewbacca - 2011-10-12 11:47

      @The lost emperor - The best 1600 is Renault Twingo RS n/a @ 98kw

      The lost Emperor - 2011-10-12 13:07

      @chewbacca That is a very good engine. Too bad the rest of the Twingo is rubbish.

      Windu - 2011-10-13 10:01

      Everyone here is talking dingo about the best 1600 engine ever. I bought a new Honda Civic VTEC (3-door) in 1996: 118Kw at a screaming 8800 RPM - standard! I did 90 000km of absolute trouble free motoring and it truly went like the clappers. Handling & slick manual gearbox matched the engine. This vehicle was too strong for Class-C (1600 class) in National Factory-Saloon racing in those days. They destroyed Astra 160ie's for breakfast. Messrs Alchin & Joubert (the Honda Factory drivers) were pushed up into Class-B against the 2.0L Opel Astras (200ie @ 110Kw) of Briggs & Watson-Smith; and the 2.0L Nissan Sentras (STi @ 109Kw) of Grobler & De Waal. Yip, the VTEC dished up Class-B as well, they were unstoppable! Pound for Pound, the best car I have ever owned - and I have owned many cars! 77Kw pales in comparison, whether Opel or VW! Honda to win it by a mile...

      Chewbacca - 2011-10-13 15:45

      @Lost emperor - Name another car that size with ESP, Traction control, climate control, cruise control, speed limiter, auto lights, auto wipers, mp3 cd. The way you comment, it appears as though you don't own a car or don't know too much about them, which makes me think that you may own a VW

      mcnasty - 2011-10-13 15:53

      @windu i also had that honda.mine was sold with 240 000km .the only thing i had to spend a bit of money on was 3 grand on the gearbox in all that time,and this thing was driven hard, as i was like 18 at the time.have to also say,one of the best cars around for it`s time and well after.

  • Trevor - 2011-10-11 19:53

    What a joke, saw them at the factory and had to laugh...does anyone know what GT stands for??? Like calling Julius...intelligent....

      Fredster69 - 2011-10-12 07:31

      Ge Tune

      Fredster69 - 2011-10-12 07:31

      Ge Tune

      Linus - 2011-10-12 13:27

      Groot Toss

  • Fredster69 - 2011-10-12 07:32

    In 1988 I bought a Ford Laser 1.6i Sport. It had 77 KW. 23 years later and VW matched it. LOL.

      The lost Emperor - 2011-10-12 07:49

      Having owned a Ford Laser isn't something you should admit in a public forum...

      The lost Emperor - 2011-10-12 07:49

      Having owned a Ford Laser isn't something you should admit in a public forum...

      xolisa.boqwana - 2011-10-12 08:28

      2009/10 Ford Focus 1.6 was also 77kW by the way. It seems as if the last time u checked a car perfomance was in the Ford Laser and Opel Monza days.

      xolisa.boqwana - 2011-10-12 08:28

      2009/10 Ford Focus 1.6 was also 77kW by the way. It seems as if the last time u checked a car perfomance was in the Ford Laser and Opel Monza days.

      Mojojo - 2011-10-12 08:48

      @ xolisa The 2009/2010 Ford Focus did not have a 1.6 at all. Only the 1.8 and it put out 92 KW. So rather keep quiet if you know nothing at all. For example, the VW Polo was a sales failure in its home country. I visit Germany twice a year, and you hardly ever see it. Read Migual post properly. This will only sell in brand loyal SA. Even brand new, they were hardly ever seen in Europe. You blind loyalty won't change that.

      Mojojo - 2011-10-12 08:48

      @ xolisa The 2009/2010 Ford Focus did not have a 1.6 at all. Only the 1.8 and it put out 92 KW. So rather keep quiet if you know nothing at all. For example, the VW Polo was a sales failure in its home country. I visit Germany twice a year, and you hardly ever see it. Read Migual post properly. This will only sell in brand loyal SA. Even brand new, they were hardly ever seen in Europe. You blind loyalty won't change that.

      The lost Emperor - 2011-10-12 09:07

      Ooh, it looks like we're comparing the Focus to the Polo now... Interesting...

      The lost Emperor - 2011-10-12 09:07

      Ooh, it looks like we're comparing the Focus to the Polo now... Interesting...

      xolisa.boqwana - 2011-10-12 09:30

      @Mujojo, don't be emotional, The 1.8 Focus was only introduced in August 2009, check here http://www.um.co.za/specifications/ford_focus_1_6_si_5-door_(2008).aspx @The Lost Emperor our Laser and Monza buddies are claiming that VW is the only one with a 77kW 1.6 Engines in this morden days which is not true. We not talkinf about cars we ere talking about an engine perfomance.

      xolisa.boqwana - 2011-10-12 09:30

      @Mujojo, don't be emotional, The 1.8 Focus was only introduced in August 2009, check here http://www.um.co.za/specifications/ford_focus_1_6_si_5-door_(2008).aspx @The Lost Emperor our Laser and Monza buddies are claiming that VW is the only one with a 77kW 1.6 Engines in this morden days which is not true. We not talkinf about cars we ere talking about an engine perfomance.

      Fredster69 - 2011-10-12 10:08

      Guys, we are comparing engine outputs here. But anyway, the 0-100 speed of the Laser was 10.38 and a sub 10sec for the TX3, so VW does not have anything special

      Fredster69 - 2011-10-12 10:08

      Guys, we are comparing engine outputs here. But anyway, the 0-100 speed of the Laser was 10.38 and a sub 10sec for the TX3, so VW does not have anything special

  • Allan Hill - 2011-10-12 09:04

    Saw this car in RED at JIMS and it looks pretty decent in the metal, with the sportish cues. It will be a sales success regardless of what anyone says about it.

  • Anton - 2011-10-12 09:09

    What a joke! They are ramming this crap down our throats like they did with the City Golf. Soon it will have stupid names like ROX etc.

      The lost Emperor - 2011-10-12 09:13

      Hey, no-one is forcing you to buy one...

      The lost Emperor - 2011-10-12 09:13

      Hey, no-one is forcing you to buy one...

      Adam - 2011-10-12 10:39

      *Citi

      Adam - 2011-10-12 10:39

      *Citi

      TP - 2011-10-13 13:21

      In what sense is the car crap ? Explain that to me. Some of you fools sit on here spewing nonsense all day. The car is crap, Ford is better, Opel makes more power. Since when does making more power make a car better. My 3 yr old niece can make a better argument than you guys. You are either in a dead end job going nowhere, or you're 16yr old laaties that think you know something.

  • Mark Singh - 2011-10-12 09:30

    "SPORTY VIVO: Rivals have yet another reason to fear the VW Vivo with the SA launch of the sporty GT derivative." The only thing to fear from this slow mobile is the VW driver who thinks he is behind the wheel of a C63 and wants to take on everything on the road.

      TP - 2011-10-13 13:22

      Hey Sing, Mom says you must come and get Reddy.

  • Fredster69 - 2011-10-12 10:10

    VW's only way to get people to buy old technology. They slap a new name on it,sell it at a new/higher price, but still manufacture it for next to nothing...now That is how you pull the wool over the publics eyes

      xolisa.boqwana - 2011-10-12 12:23

      What do u call a ford figo? Is it because its nowhere near vivo insales that u have a problem?

      Gavin Williams - 2011-10-12 12:41

      actually the price of the vivo is marginally lower when it was introduced compared to the outgoing polo model equivalent

      PE_Rob - 2011-10-12 15:40

      Price marginally lower, spec significantly lower

  • AndV - 2011-10-12 10:35

    ity about the poor shocking client service. VW always have problems and as a client you are stuck to get them sorted. "What you see is not what you get"!

  • Limpopoist - 2011-10-12 10:59

    Opel kadette superboss 1990 model it is still great car compare to these vivo car.

  • Peet - 2011-10-12 11:06

    xolisa.boqwana Capacities xolisa.boqwana - true facts Monza 160 Gsi Seating 4/5 Fuel tank 55 litres Luggage trunk 448 dm dm Utility space 1000 dm dm Maximum Speed Maximum true speed 194 km/h Speedometer reading 199 km/h Calibration 60 63 km/h Calibration 80 82 km/h Calibration 100 100 km/h Calibration 120 119 km/h Acceleration 0-60 km/h 4.44 seconds 0-80 km/h 6.70 seconds 0-100 km/h 10.09 seconds 0-120 km/h 14.00 seconds 1km sprint 31.52 seconds Terminal speed 159.5 km/h Overtaking Acceleration 40-60 3rd 3.21 seconds 40-60 4th 4.58 seconds 40-60 5th 6.49 seconds 60-80 3rd 3.04 seconds 60-80 4th 4.18 seconds 60-80 5th 6.17 seconds 80-100 3rd 3.31 seconds 80-100 4th 4.29 seconds 80-100 5th 6.03 seconds 100-120 3rd 3.74 seconds 100-120 4th 4.51 seconds 100-120 5th 6.23 seconds Fuel Consumption litres/100 km @ 60 km/h 4.41 litres litres/100 km @ 80 km/h 4.97 litres litres/100 km @ 100 km/h 5.81 litres litres/100 km @ 120 km/h 7.00 litres models below.

      xolisa.boqwana - 2011-10-12 12:47

      @Peet my 2006 opel astra 1.6 was much slower than this 0-100 km/h was 11.8 sec and top speed at 185km/h so the problem is not VW all the manufactures has regressed when it comes to perfomance. That iswhy I also made a reference to Ford Focus 1.6 with similar figures as well. But some people choose to be emotional and run away from the facts. Even the ne Fiesta with 88kW only manages a mere 0.8 second faster 0-100 and the top speed is only 4km/h higher, big deal!

      Suckerz - 2011-10-12 14:23

      @Xolisa... Sometimes... the driver is slow.

      Peet - 2011-10-12 15:35

      I saw 9 comments dislikes the stats above . Truth is sometimes hard

  • Jamie - 2011-10-12 11:48

    It's a free country and everyone with negative comments are more than welcome to buy other cars with lots more horsepower since it's all you're interested in!

  • sizwev - 2011-10-12 12:49

    See nothing with this car either than it's name:GT...FAIL!!

      TP - 2011-10-13 13:30

      It's obvious by your comment that you sucked hind tit as an infant.

  • theunsh - 2011-10-12 16:16

    and for the same price you can go and buy a hyundai accent which has 91kw hahaha

  • Manosh - 2011-10-13 01:14

    True this car sells like hot cakes, and has been leading sales charts( except for mighty hilux) but here is the truth all ignore. This so called entry level has in fact canniballised the new polo sales( I.e.it's sales has gone up at the cost of lower sales for the new polo). That's what we call cannabilising. Equally, the new polo has done the same to the golf & jetta. All this means one thing: less profit for the company because at entry level, profit margins are lean, remember the UNO days when it was everywhere but still FIAT is struggling. I still bet, VW is having cancer, but still look good from the outside but inside cancer is spreading like shroud.To make it worse their luxury brand (audi) reliability is getting worse (e.g. www.hellopeter.com)plus less product differentiate from volume brother VW. But I must say their quality finish is still perceptually above average

      Miguel Toscano Figueira - 2011-10-13 09:26

      Do not agree. Quality and reliability are quite poor!

  • Boudi - 2011-10-13 09:08

    We will probably see this engin in the Amarok GT later this year!! VW sucks!!

      naolifant - 2011-10-13 18:22

      not only the engine, but the wheels too..

  • Dumisani - 2011-10-14 14:44

    the base polo is R 150 900.00.... rather get the polo

  • Andre - 2011-10-26 17:24

    Been driving a normal 1.4 with aircon as a courtesy car for the past 2 Months, nice little runabout with a quality feel.

  • Francois Swais Fonternel - 2011-12-04 08:55

    Whateverr i see alot of comment on all the pages here but id go with ford still my ranger gots 321000+- km on and not one problem my new 2011 bantam impresses me alot im sad that they taking it away.... But its still the fastest 1.3 bakkie around infact i could probably beat beat most 1.4 cars and bakkies and still get 16.7 km on a litre... Lol anyway i work with it i dont race.... Just my 5cent lol

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