Volkswagen is preparing to unveil a new special-edition version of its Golf GTI hero, promising more power and a very limited production run.
Set to debut at next week’s Wörthersee GTI-Treffen event in Austria, the new GTI Clubsport concept is described as a “near series” show car that will evolve into a special 40th anniversary model next year.
Shown here as an enhanced (and stylised) version of the three-door Golf GTI, not offered in Australia, the Clubsport will wear unique bumpers at both ends, larger multi-spoke wheels and a tall rear wing across the tailgate.
Under the bonnet is where things get exciting, however. Like the Edition 35 before it - which celebrated the GTI’s 35th birthday - the GTI Clubsport will get a significant power boost, positioning it between the regular GTI and the top-shelf Golf R.
In Clubsport (or 'Edition 40') form, this special GTI will churn out 195kW of power, making it 33kW more powerful than the GTI hatch currently offered in Australia, but still 26kW short of Europe’s 221kW Golf R. (The local model gets a ‘mere’ 206kW.)
That sort of power will make the Golf GTI Clubsport a handy rival to the likes of Renault’s 195kW Megane RS 265, although the diamond brand still has the German hatch beat, thanks to the special 201kW RS 275.
Watch for the GTI Clubsport ‘concept’ to appear early next week.
As for an Australian debut… that will depend on Volkswagen’s production plans. If a right-hand-drive version is produced, we could see the Clubsport come here in very, very limited numbers.