Volkswagen has taken the wraps off the Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport. First made its debut as a concept in May this year to celebrate the Golf GTI’s 40th birthday, the Clubsport has transition into a production model with minimal changes.
Crucially, the new Clubsport packs an additional 26kW of power from its 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine compared to the Golf GTI Performance, dishing out 195kW. Additionally, there’s an overboost function, which for around 10 seconds, boosts the total output to more than 213kW – more than even the range-topping Golf R’s 206kW.
Power continues to be transferred to the front wheels via a standard 6-speed manual, or an optional 6-speed DSG. When mated to the manual transmission, the Clubsport will sprint to 100km/h from a standstill in 6 seconds, while the DSG shaves a further 0.1 seconds off. Top speed is limited to 250km/h. Fuel consumption is rated at 6.9L/100km for the manual and 6.7L/100 for the DSG variant.
Aesthetically, the Golf GTI Clubsport stands out from regular Golf GTI’s with a more aggressive front bumper, revised side sills, rear diffuser, a more prominent multi-part rear spoiler, high-gloss black door mirrors and exclusive forge aluminium 18-inch wheels. An optional 19-inch “Brescia” is also available and is said to be specially designed for the car.
The black trim stripe on the sides are intended as a throwback to the original Golf GTI from 1976 and features Clubsport insignia. The black trim stripe is continued at the front around the air scoop incorporated in the front bumper.
It is painted in “Oryx White” (other colours available), with the roof in contrasting black. The redesigned, chrome-plated twin tailpipes have been integrated in the diffuser, while its diameter is much larger than the regular Golf GTI models. Rounding out the exterior makeover are a set of LED taillights finished in dark black-red.
The interior features iconic details that are essential for every GTI, including folding racing buckets seats covered in Alcantara featuring a honeycomb pattern on the backrests and seat cushions, a golf-ball-shaped shifter knob and black headliner.
The Clubsport’s seat belts get a red line, while new trim strips in “Honeycomb 40” design on the instrument panel, centre console and doors give the interior an even more exclusive appearance.
Elsewhere, the sports steering wheel is also wrapped in Alcantara with GTI emblem, red seam and 12 o’clock marking.
The Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport will make its official debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show next week.