Yesterday, Australian publication CarAdvice reported that the new Volkswagen Polo GTI won’t be available with a manual gearbox when it goes on sale in August of this year.
Since the manual was reintroduced on the outgoing model in 2015, 30% of all Polo GTIs sold have featured the 6-speed manual. However, according to Volkswagen Australia, that’s not enough sales and so they are only offering the new Polo GTI with a 7-speed DSG and paddles.
VW Aus believe that the main reason people bought the manual was because if its 70Nm (320Nm vs 250Nm in the DSG) torque advantage, not for driver engagement or fun. However, they say that if there’s enough market demand, they’ll reconsider the situation and offer the manual once again.
VW’s case is strengthened by the fact that just 10% of all Golf GTI & R models sold are manuals, and that even the majority if buyers of the purist focused GTI Original chose the DSG.
This is some seriously unfortunate news, however it’s nice to see there’s still hope. What do you guys think? Let me know down below, and don’t forget to help #savethemanuals