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VW Polo GTI R5 put through its paces in Sweden

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The new Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 has been successfully put through its paces in Sweden by three world rally champions.

The four-day test took place near the Swedish town of Kall, where temperatures as low as -15°C (-60°F) and an icy surface with many snow banks along the 4km section of route ensured ideal conditions for such a test.

Test driver Petter Solberg, who competes in the FIA World Rallycross Championship with PSRX Volkswagen Team Sweden, said, “It was just fantastic to be back behind the wheel of a rally car again and to help out the Volkswagen family.

“It was a really fun day. The team has done such a great job and the car is fantastic to drive. I didn’t want to get out at the end of the day.

“We covered almost 300km in one day – very different to what I’m used to in the WRC. I used my years of rallying experience to work with the engineers on small changes to the car. A big thanks to all the team for their work, and to Veronica Engan for stepping into the co-driver’s seat.”

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