The new Volkswagen Polo GTI is officially launched today, completing the Polo range renewal and adding extra excitement to the model line-up.

The range-topping Polo went on sale in February when prices were announced and customers have been placing orders for the car since then.

Available in both three- and five-door guise, the Polo GTI is equipped with the proven 1.8-litre 20 valve turbocharged engine. In the GTI it develops 150 PS and 162 lbs ft (220 Nm) of torque from just 1,950 right up to 4,500 rpm, making for the most powerful production Polo ever. The GTI accelerates from 0 to 62 mph in 8.2 seconds, and goes on to a top speed of 134 mph.

Style-wise, the Polo GTI takes cues from its ‘big brother’ Golf GTI and features a honeycomb front grille; twin tail pipes; red brake callipers; 15 mm lower suspension; and 16" versions of the GTI alloy wheel. Prices for the Polo GTI start at £14,810 ‘on the road’ for the three-door model, with a £600 premium for the five-door model.

The GTI features a high level of standard equipment including: ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) with HBA (Hydraulic Brake Assist) and ESP (Electronic Stabilisation Programme); driver’s and front passenger’s airbags; and front side airbags. Other items include Climatic semi-automatic air conditioning; remote central locking with alarm; electric windows and mirrors; and a radio/CD player.