Geneva Motor Show LIVE: Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport image

To mark the 40th anniversary of the GTI badge, Volkswagen has developed a special version of the iconic hot-hatch: the Golf GTI Clubsport.

The GTI badge is celebrating its 40th birthday this year, as Volkswagen has started the hot-hatch tradition in 1976. For the Golf GTI Clubsport, designers have created a completely new front bumper, new side sills, a rear diffuser that is also new, a new multi-part roof spoiler and exclusive forged alloy wheels. Inside, the anniversary model has sporty seats that are partially upholstered in Alcantara with a honeycomb pattern in the area of the backrests and seat cushions, while the backrest also incorporates the GTI badge.

The engine of the Golf GTI Clubsport, which has a power output of 195 kW / 265 PS between 5,350 and 6,600 rpm, is technically based on the 1,984 cc TSI engine of the Golf R. This is translating to a 0 to 100 km/h acceleration of 6.3 seconds. If in the R the engine’s power is transferred to the front and rear wheels via an all-wheel drive system, the Clubsport has to rely entirely to the front wheels via either a manual gearbox or a DSG transmission, the latter coming with launch control as standard.

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Thanks to a boost function, the 265 PS power output can briefly be boosted by nearly 10 percent to 213 kW / 290 PS. Simultaneously, the maximum torque is also increased from 350 (between 1,700 and 5,300 rpm) to 380 Nm. Like all Golf GTIs, the Clubsport also comes with a sport chassis with 15 mm lower ride height, front differential lock, XDS+ vehicle dynamics function and progressive steering as standard.