New 300hp VW Golf GTI Clubsport revealed: price, specs and release date
The new VW Golf GTI Clubsport has been revealed as a 300hp, front-wheel-drive alternative to the likes of the Audi S3 and BMW M135i. Read on for more details.
- 300hp 2.0-litre engine
- Electronic differential lock
- 7-speed automatic gearbox
- Lowered suspension
- More aggressive styling
- Two-part rear spoiler
- Interior upgrades
The standard 245hp VW Golf GTI has been given the Clubsport treatment. Now it packs a more powerful engine, plenty of visual upgrades and tweaked suspension to make it more track-focussed than ever.
New VW Golf GTI Clubsport design
The new VW Golf GTI Clubsport ditches the standard Golf GTI’s chequered-flag daytime running lights and adds an even larger, more gaping grille with chunky hexagonal mesh. The whole car is 10mm lower than the standard GTI, so its 18-inch alloy wheels appear to fill their arches even more closely.
As on the GTI, there’s a red stripe that stretches between the headlights and you’ll find some red GTI badging on the wings and bootlid. But, the new Clubsport gets rid of the standard car’s round exhausts in favour of a pair of huge oval pipes. There’s also a new double-layered spoiler perched above the rear windscreen.
New VW Golf GTI Clubsport engine and driving
The new Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport uses the same basic 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine as the standard GTI, but it has been tweaked to deliver 400Nm of torque and 300hp – that’s 55hp more than you get in a Golf GTI. This puts the new Clubsport model in the same league as the 306hp Mercedes-AMG A35, the 310hp Audi S3 and the 306hp BMW M135i.
Unlike these cars, the new VW Golf GTI Clubsport comes with front-wheel drive – just like the Honda Civic Type R. Where the Honda comes with a six-speed manual gearbox, however, the Golf GTI Clubsport gets a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic as standard. VW hasn’t confirmed how quick the new Clubsport will be, but expect a 0-60mph time of less than six seconds.
Compared with the standard Golf GTI, the Clubsport’s suspension settings and electronic vehicle stability systems have been retuned to make it more agile on a track. Volkswagen has also linked the latter with the car’s electronic locking differential for the first time, to help it muster up even more grip when you accelerate out of sharp corners.
New VW Golf GTI Clubsport interior
Don’t expect any particularly dramatic changes inside the new VW Golf GTI Clubsport. It gets the same basic cabin layout as the Golf GTI with an identical infotainment system, dashboard and mood lighting. The GTI’s tartan seats have gone, however – replaced by a set of more supportive sports seats.
New VW Golf GTI Clubsport price and release date
VW hasn’t announced how much the new VW Golf GTI Clubsport will cost, but when it goes on sale in 2021 it’s expected to set you back in the region of £40,000.
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