The German automaker has recently priced its new Golf GTI which sits in the range as a new version between the regular GTI and more extreme R.
But a new rumor flying around the rumor mill already has the carmaker working on a more hardcore version of the model that was only revealed about a year ago. According to a “high-ranking official,” meaning the insider has access to all sorts of juicy information (maybe is even impervious to confidentiality about the Dieselgate scandal), Volkswagen has decided to have the hot hatch even lighter. The idea apparently came from the Porsche 911 GT3 Clubsport, meaning the lighter version has been engineered and developed as a street-legal race car that can be taken to the world’s circuits for purpose events. There are no details about the weight saving techniques but according to the report one of them includes removing the rear bench while the model also goes without much of the sound deadening material that is a given for any standard car.
And to make things even more interesting, it appears the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine has also been updated to produce 296 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque – enough for a 0-62 mph run in no more than 5.7 seconds and a maximum speed handled by the electronic limiter at 155 mph. The Golf GTI Clubsport “Lightweight” has been tipped for a Wörthersee unveiling and the company is also mulling a series production run – though some executives fear it could unsettle the things with the emissions scandal even further.