Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport
Volkswagen are celebrating 40 glorious years of the Golf GTI this year and to mark this historic event, they’ve decided to give the GTI a facelift with a progressive special edition. Say hello to the the new Golf GTI Clubsport, which will be presented at the 66th IAA in Frankfurt next week.
It’s no great surprise we’re getting a brand spanking new GTI – after all VW have also marked the 20th, 25th, 30th and 35th birthdays. But the Clubsport may be the best yet with a turbocharged direct-injection engine which delivers an output of 265 PS, that’s 35 PS more than any other Golf GTI model, and accelerates to 100 kph in just 5.9 seconds, so it’s a real nipper.
VW also say that for around 10 seconds each time, Joes can even increase engine power by an additional 10 per cent to over 290 PS using a boost function which is activated by simply putting pedal to the metal.
The 2016 GTI Clubsport comes with a 6-speed manual gearbox but there’s also the option of a 6-speed dual-clutch gearbox which will shave off some seconds on the road. Flat-out, the Clubsport has a top speed of 250kph (around 155mph).
While the engine has had a makeover, you’ll also notice the exterior has also been extensively revised with equipment and some aerodynamic fine-tuning. It has a completely new front bumper, new side sills, a new rear diffuser, a new multi-part roof spoiler and exclusive forged alloy wheels for the anniversary model. All this means it handles better and is able to take corners at incredible speeds.
Styling for the Golf GTI Clubsport is based on the original GTI version, which was characterised by a wide black trim stripe on the side between the front and rear wheel arches at bumper level. This stripe has now been transferred to the side area and is enhanced with the lettering ‘Clubsport’. The black trim stripe is continued towards the front in the new air deflector element of the front bumper.
The interior comes with ergonomic Alcantara sports seats which feature tartan fabric upholstery, red topstitching, a gear knob in golf ball design and a black headliner. Sporty trims can also be found on the gear lever, the Alcantara sport steering wheel and customised floor mats.
No chassis specs for the Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport have been announced yet and neither has pricing. But given the details we known, we reckon it’ll be on sale for around £30,000. More details will no doubt be announced next week in Frankfurt, so keep an eye out!