Volkswagen had built the VW Golf GTI Clubsport concept earlier to mark the 40th anniversary of the iconic Golf GTI. The Golf GTI concept has now made the transition to a production model, and will make its debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show (2015 IAA) on September 15.
Looking virtually identical to the concept, the GTI Clubsport features a wide black trim stripe between the wheel arches inspired from the 1976 Golf GTI. It also features a redesigned roof spoiler honed in a wind tunnel and is larger than the spoiler in the current GTI, while chrome-plated twin tail pipes have been integrated into the rear diffuser with a larger diameter than the regular GTI.
Additional design features include sporty bumpers, dark red LED taillamps, glossy black door mirror caps and new 18-inch alloy wheels. The GTI Clubsport will also be offered with new design optional 19-inch alloy wheels. It features a unique ‘Oryx White’ paint scheme (others available) along with a contrasting black roof.
The interior features folding racing bucket seats with Alcantara inserts with a honeycomb pattern. It adds ‘Honeycomb 40’ trim inserts on the instrument panel, centre console and doors, and Alcantara sport steering wheel with red stitching, Alcantara gear shift lever, unique sill plates with red GTI lettering and personalised floor mats with red edging.
The Golf GTI Clubsport is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine which produces 261 hp (195 kW) which is 34 hp (25.7 kW) more than the Golf GTI. The driver can also increase the output of the engine by 10 percent using the overboost function taking the power produced by the engine to 286 hp (213 kW).
This enables the Golf GTI Clubsport to sprint from 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 6.0 seconds when mated to the 6-speed manual gearbox, while the version equipped with the DSG gearbox achieves a time of 5.9 seconds. The manual version features fuel efficiency of 33.8 mpg (14.37 km/l) while the DSG version slightly improves the figure at 34.8 mpg (14.79 km/l). It features CO2 emissions of 160 g/km and 155 g/km respectively.
The press release is embedded below the image gallery.