Important news. There will be a Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport, the most powerful and radical version of the GTI to date. Yes sirs. At Volkswagen they believe that between the 230 hp of the GTI Performance, and the 300 hp and all-wheel drive of the Golf R, there is still a space that this Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport, the missing link between a GTI and a Golf R, might as well cover. It will be more aggressive, more radical, very powerful and will arrive in dealerships next year, in 2016, coinciding with the 40th anniversary of the Golf GTI emblem.
The Clubsport will arrive with 265 hp to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Golf GTI emblem. And have more years!
Next week the Wörthersee will open its doors, a meeting of tuning, lovers of GTIs, and enthusiasts of German brands. We will be there. And there will also be the Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport, for now as a prototype. Although as they already point out from media such as Autocar.co.uk, this Clubsport version of the Golf GTI is scheduled to arrive at dealerships, and it wouldn’t change too much from what we see at the Wörthersee in Austria next week.
Unlike the Golf R, the Golf GTI Clubsport will remain a compact front-wheel drive sports car.
The Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport would retain the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine from the rest of the Golf GTI range, with a subtle difference: from the hand of huge improvements in the turbo it would reach 265 hp, 35 hp more than those offered by the Golf GTI Performance. That power would still be momentarily increased, up to 290 hp, in very specific situations in which we fully step on the accelerator.
Another detail to take into account is its traction system. Although due to its power it is already closer to a Golf R than to a Golf GTI, its philosophy remains that of the GTI of a lifetime. It will remain in its thirteen by directing all its torque to the front axle, mediating a six-speed DSG double-clutch automatic transmission and an electronically piloted torque vector control, the famous XDS. Will it be sold with a manual gearbox? Good question. Let’s hope so.
In the coming days we will learn more details about this little beast that will surely give a lot to talk about.