Released in 1994, the third generation Volkswagen Polo was a completely new model compared to its predecessor and was the first in model history to be offered with five doors. A selection of naturally aspirated gasoline engines were initially available, later joined by a 1.9-liter diesel engine in North America and in turbocharged form. Interestingly, the Polo MK3 shared some components and engines with the SEAT Ibiza MK2, but the two had no body details in common.
In 1996, the Polo 6N received a new entry-level engine in the form of a naturally aspirated 1.0-liter four-cylinder with an all-new aluminum block and multi-point injection. The small engine was capable of generating a peak power of 50 horsepower (37 kilowatts), sent to the front wheels via a five-speed manual gearbox.
Obviously, performance was not the focus of this version, as the sedan needed more than 20 seconds to reach 100 kilometers per hour (62 miles per hour) from a standstill. Top speed was equally unimpressive at 145 km / h, although combined fuel mileage was adequate at less than 6.0 liters per 100 km on average. Doesn’t sound too exciting, does it?
In reality, however, there is something very adorable about watching an old 50 horsepower (37 kW) car stretch its legs on the German Autobahn. This is where we often see some of the fastest cars in the world, but in this new video the underpowered Polo tries to hit its top speed.
And … surprise! On paper, it shouldn’t be able to exceed 145 km / h, but this Polo 1.0’s speedometer reads 155 km / h during this motorway race. Granted, you actually have to put the car down without stopping if you want to go with normal traffic, but that’s what makes this Polo a more exciting car than any supercar.