Following an early preview last week Volkswagen has now taken the wraps off the Golf GTI Clubsport concept at the Wörthersee GTI Meeting, revealing a hotted-up Golf that would make a great addition to the car’s existing range. The Clubsport marks the 40th anniversary of the GTI.
There is nothing outlandish about the VW Golf GTI Clubsport. It just a mildly tuned version of the standard car, which is how you can tell there is more to it than being an homage to the GTI badge. The Clubsport will go into production sometime next year without many alterations.
That said, some of the fans were understandably disappointed that VW didn’t come up with something crazier and more interesting, as they used to do. The Golf GTI Clubsport boasts a pretty neat carbon body kit with front spoiler and grilles, side skirts, rear diffuser and a roof spoiler, perfected with blacked-out roof and mirrors and a set of 19-inch wheels.
In terms of performance, the car is powered by a 265 horsepower version of the existing 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, mated to a six-speed DSG transmission which drives the front wheels via an electronic XDS differential. The Clubsport is for sure quicker than the standard GTI, but probably not by much.