A quick drive in a 1983 Volkswagen Polo Formel E (mk2) Ran When Parked — Volkswagen Polo Mk2

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A quick drive in a 1983 Polo Formel E (mk2)

replaced the first-generation Polo an all-new model in October of Called type 86c internally, the Polo was initially offered with a shooting brake-like that earned it nicknames as Bread Van and Squareback.

The first-gen was pioneered by NSU, given to in an attempt to merge the two companies and re-badged as a Volkswagen in a bid to take on economy hatchbacks from and Italy.  The second-gen development was much simpler it was designed in-house by Volkswagen and right where the firm it to be from the very beginning.

The Bread Van Polo offered cargo space but its boxy generated a very mixed among car buyers in Europe. quickly launched a second with a more conventional, body whose roofline was to that of the first-gen Polo. Hatchback and Coupé, respectively, the two styles lived on side-by-side until the end of the long production run.

reached new heights over the of the 1980s and the Polo became best-selling model in a number of across Europe.  As a result, the automaker experimented with different variants including a fuel-efficient model equipped a supercharged two-cylinder diesel  The drivetrain was tested but it was never given the green for production.

On the other end of the spectrum, the Polo GT was introduced in 1985 a 75-horsepower engine and Volkswagen the enveloped further two years with the potent Polo GT  The G40 was powered by a 1.3-liter engine that churned out 113 and 111 lb-ft. of torque thanks to a supercharger that featured compression channels. A similarly-designed was also used on the Passat, the the Golf Rallye and the Golf GTI

Another interesting off-shoot of the mk2 was the Formel E, an economy-focused model introduced in Building on the foundations laid by mk1 E launched in 1981, the mk2 model used a high-compression 1.1-liter engine that sent 50 and 60 lb-ft. of torque to the front via a 3 + E gearbox, a four-speed unit an extra-long fourth gear to improve gas mileage at high Visually, the Formel E stood out the regular Polo thanks to a spoiler around the rear

Later versions of the Formel E got a engine and an early stop-start called SSA that shut off the when it idled for over two The engine restarted automatically the gear lever was moved to the and the system could be turned off by flicking a switch on the dashboard.

The 86c was given a thorough facelift in Although still considered mk2 the post-1991 second-gen Polo new engines, thoroughly revamped and rear fascias and a noticeably interior. The brakes and the suspension were upgraded, enabling the mk2 Polo to on until the all-new mk3 model was in 1994.

Below is a list of observations and notes we made while a second-gen Polo for a short around the Tegernsee Lake an hour south of Munich,


The second-generation Polo feels roomier inside than the model.  The progress between the two generations is evident as as you sit behind the wheel.

Volkswagen Polo Mk2

The engine adequate power at all rpms, it feels like it’s punch and it easily keeps up modern cars.  It’s quiet, too.

The analog instrument cluster is and easy to read.  We like the fuel economy gauge automatically turns on when the E is engaged.

The mk2′s suspension is not as as the mk1′s so it doesn’t lean as in corners.

The brakes are very for a car that is three decades old – guessing a lot of mk1 Polo owners about not having a brake

The interior is generally solid but the door panels feel  Still, the Polo seems better than, say, an early-1980s Corsa / Vauxhall Nova.

The body gives the Polo an amount of cargo space, when the rear seat is flat, but it’s too bad that the isn’t divided.  Being to fold down one side or the would make the Polo more practical.

Volkswagen Polo Mk2
Volkswagen Polo Mk2
Volkswagen Polo Mk2
Volkswagen Polo Mk2
Volkswagen Polo Mk2

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