Volkswagen’s iconic Golf GTI has celebrated its 40th birthday, and the German carmaker has unveiled a powered-up special edition model to mark the occasion.
Meet the new GTI Clubsport; which packs as much as 213kW from its 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine thanks to an ‘over-boost’ function which can run for up to ten seconds.
The rest of the time, the Clubsport makes do with 195kW but this is enough to see the hot hatch hit 100km/h from rest in 5.9 seconds with the six-speed DSG automatic transmission.
Opting for the six-speed manual adds 0.1 seconds to the 0-100km/h time, and Volkswagen says the manual also drinks more fuel... but only a tad.
The manual’s fuel figure is 7.0 l/100km against the DSG’s 6.8 l/100km, while top speed is limited to 250km/h with both transmissions.
Besides giving the engine a tweak, Volkswagen has also tweaked the exterior with a revised front bumper, side-skirts, roof spoiler, rear diffusor and a new Oryx White paint finish for the Clubsport model.
The carmaker says the extra downforce and aero tech enable the Clubsport to achieve “breathtaking cornering speeds”.
Alloy wheels are available in a new look 18-inch design, while a 19-inch “Brescia” wheel package is optional.
The look is capped off with larger twin exhaust tips than those of the regular GTI, along with dark black/red LED tail lamps.
Inside, the signature GTI tartan seats make way for “folding racing bucket” seats, and other features include a golf ball shifter knob, Alcantara steering wheel, stainless steel kick-plates and custom floor mats.
Volkswagen has previously celebrated the GTI’s 20th, 25th, 30th, and 35th birthdays. Fittingly, the 40th anniversary Clubsport is the most powerful production Golf GTI yet.
The 2015 Golf GTI Clubsport will take its place at the Volkswagen stand for the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show. No mention yet as to whether Australian customers will have the chance to purchase the GTI Clubsport.