Because the Golf GTI turns 40 years old this year, malady the automaker celebrated the feat with the great Clubsport version – which also spawned that insane Clubsport S taking down the Nurburgring record for front-wheel drive cars.
There are numerous hot hatches around the markets right now – you could go for a very toned down Renault Clio RS, purchase or for the new king of the block – the Ford Focus RS. But ABT is more interested in the 40-year old virgin category – sorry, Golf GTI owner category. For those the Clubsport might do wonders – but also leave a sore taste because there’s that S version that played around on the Green Hell and all. Fret not, because ABT trumps that with 340 horsepower under the hood – and we’re left wondering how is that power reaching the asphalt?
The 40 years anniversary GTI Clubsport has for starters a great 265 horsepower – but ABT went to 340 PS and also updated the torque from 350 to 430 Nm. The Golf owner does have the option of taking a regular GTI to other, more relaxed power levels: 290, 300 or 315 horsepower. ABT is also planning the whole nine yards – custom headlight lids, a chin spoiler, side skirts and quad exhaust system – for the Clubsport, the same as was the case with the regular GTI. Already out and about are the ABT Sportsline alloy wheels, the CR, DR, ER-C and FR from 8.5 x 18 to 9.0 x 20’’.