Clubsport dynamism. Volkswagen has not only made the turbocharged engine of the Golf GTI Clubsport more powerful; it has also reconfigured its design, equipment and aerodynamics. For instance, the GTI Clubsport is characterised by an entirely new front bumper, new side sills, a rear diffuser that is also new, a multi-part roof spoiler and exclusive forged alloy wheels. The objective here was not to just visually customise the sports car. Rather, the primary goal was to further improve downforce figures and thereby dynamic performance. All of this has a long tradition at Volkswagen. Exclusive anniversary models were also introduced to mark the 20th, 25th, 30th and 35th anniversaries of the Golf GTI. These models have become classics and are now treasured by car collectors. Golf GTI Clubsport has a potential to follow its anniversary predecessors to be a future classic of this revered iconic model.
Turbocharged engine with 213kW. The engine of the Golf GTI Clubsport – which has a power output of 195kW between 5,350 and 6,600 rpm – is technically based on the 1,984 cc TSI engine of the Golf R.
DSG transmission. The lightweight front-wheel drive system of the Golf GTI offers tremendous agility in conjunction with an electronically controlled front differential lock and the XDS+ vehicle dynamics function. Thanks to a boost function, the 195kW power output can be boosted nearly 10 per cent to 213kW for about 10 seconds. Simultaneously, the maximum torque is also increased from 350 (between 1,700 and 5,300 rpm) to 380 Nm.
Details of the boost function. The Golf GTI is one of the most refined high-performance front-wheel drive cars on the market. Standard Golf GTI develops 162kW of power and 169kW for GTI Performance Pack. The special edition has made a big leap upward in power – adding up to 26kW. Despite its high power output, the Golf GTI Clubsport still delivers GTI’s renowned combination of dynamic agility and drivetrain. In part, this is due to its two phases of power output.
In phase 1, the standard 195kW is always available. By means of a kickdown – that is, pushing the accelerator pedal down quickly – phase 2 is initiated in which a boost function is activated, and engine power output is temporarily increased to 213kW and torque to 380 Nm. Maximum torque and power are available for 10 seconds which is a enough time to complete an overtaking manoeuvre, for instance, or to accelerate powerfully out of a combination of bends on a race track. Afterwards, the engine returns to standard mode with 195kW for at least ten seconds. Then the maximum performance figures can be accessed again. This two-phase power output approach assures very convenient, low-wear and yet powerful acceleration response. The boost function is available in gears 3 through 6, provided that the “Sport” driving profile is active which can be engaged by briefly shifting the gear lever to the “S” mode.
Golf GTI Prices (VAT and emissions tax included)
2.0 TSI 162kW Manual R465 500
2.0 TSI 162kW DSG R481 500
2.0 TSI 169kW Performance Pack DSG R501 500
2.0 TSI 195kW Clubsport DSG R540 200
The new Golf GTI Clubsport comes standard with a 5 year/90 000km Service Plan, 3 year/120 000km warranty and a 12 year anti-corrosion warranty. Service Interval is 15 000km.
We choose to reserve judgement until we’ve actually driven one, hint hint VW.