Anniversary model launched to mark the 40th birthday of the Golf GTI, featuring outstanding performance and design
This thrilling new model has been unveiled at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt, giving visitors a first look at the most powerful production GTI ever. The special edition follows in Volkswagen’s tradition of marking landmark anniversaries of the GTI with special models.
Prices, specification and key dates have yet to be announced but the model with be available in 3- or 5-door versions, with manual or DSG transmission. It is hoped that the GTI Clubsport will open for ordering in early 2016.
The GTI Clubsport’s turbocharged direct-injection engine will offer 265PS, resulting in acceleration from 0-62mph in 5.9 seconds with the optional DSG tranmission (6.0 seconds in manual).
A boost function increases power output to more than 290PS for a short time (around 10 seconds). This added power is activated simply by kicking down the accelerator. Top speed is around 155mph.
But the GTI Clubsport is surprisingly efficient. With a manual gearbox, consumption is 6.9 l/100km (equivalent to 160g/km CO2). For DSG, the figure is 6.7 l/100km (155 g/km CO2).
New exterior design features
A host of features distinguish the anniversary model from other GTIs. The new edition has a completely new front bumper, new side sills, a new rear diffuser, new multi-part roof spoiler and exclusive forged-alloy wheels. A range of colours will be available, including the Oryx White with black roof shown here.
The side profile of the Golf GTI Clubsport is based on the original GTI version, which was characterised by a wide black trim stripe on the side between the front and rear wheel arches at bumper level. This stripe appears on the side of the anniversary model, paying homage to the 1976 Golf GTI, and is enhanced with the lettering ‘Clubsport’.
Forged 18-inch alloy wheels are standard but optional ‘Bresica’ 19-inch alloy wheels are available, designed especially for the Golf GTI Clubsport. The doors are adorned with high-gloss black mirror caps.
The redesigned roof edge spoiler, which projects above the roof line, was perfected in the wind tunnel and is much larger than its counterpart on the current GTI. There is a narrow air gap between the roof area and the spoiler.
Lower down, the line of the wrap-around splitter of the side line (below the sill) is continued in the large rear diffuser. The redesigned, chrome-plated tailpipes of the twin-pipe exhaust system have been elegantly integrated in the diffuser. The LED rear lights come in dark black-red.
The interior features iconic details essential to every GTI. These include the ergonomic sports seats with tartan fabric upholstery and red top-stitching, golf ball-design gear knob and a black headliner.
The Clubsport also features folding racing bucket seats instead of sport seats. These are part-Alcantara and feature a honeycomb pattern in the area of the backrests and seat cushions; the backrest also incorporates ‘GTI’ lettering.
New trim strips in ‘Honeycomb 40’ design (instrument strip, centre console and doors) give the interior an even more exclusive appearance. Sporty decorative features include Alcantara trim on the gear lever, new lenses on the gear knob, the Alcantara sport steering wheel (with GTI emblem, red seam and 12 o'clock marking) and customised floor mats with red edging.
When the driver and front passenger open the doors, they see the exclusive stainless steel door sill plates with red ‘GTI’ lettering.
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