The Golf GTI is an iconic hatchback and the pinnacle is the new 300hp/400nm GTI Clubsport.
So why not get an R if you want 300hp – well that would be cheating as it is four wheel drive and not a GTI ! So what has a Clubsport got to make it better than the very lovable GTI?
VW says its front wheel drive faster shifting DSG automatic-only Clubsport features a clever Vehicle Dynamics Manager. It closely integrates operation of the electromechanical front-axle locking differential, the electronic differential locks and the optionally controlled shock absorbers to deliver superb handling. Typical front wheel drive understeer is eliminated by the systems connected by the Driving Dynamics Manager. The front axle’s camber angle has been increased and the steering has been adapted too. The rear axle has got Clubsport treatment too.
Any car with Race track mode has to be good. The driving profile selection in the Golf GTI Clubsport is supplemented by a Special profile for the Nürburgring… think Mondello on steroids.
Sharper looks are standard with an open bumper with two wings and a new front splitter produce greater downforce on the front axle. A new aerodynamic wing: A two-part, open roof spoiler massively reduces lift on the rear axle. Its a fast car that can stop as well as it goes with its powerful brake system. The new 18-inch brakes ensure superior deceleration from every speed range. Inside is special with a customised interior: The new seats in ArtVelours are offered exclusively for the Golf GTI Clubsport. As you’d expect in any new car worth its salt the Clubsport is ‘connected’. The GTI Clubsport is equipped as standard with the Digital Cockpit and the Discover Media navigation system.
Priced in Ireland from €53,000 the car will be a niche model for those who know their hot hatches and are willing to buy premium 98RON petrol. It is worth noting that with electric cars delivering rapid acceleration and improved performance this could be the last hurrah for a petrol powered turbocharged (Continental) hot hatch.