First unveiled at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, the 40th anniversary Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport is now on sale at UK dealers – with prices starting at £30,875.
Boasting 265hp as standard, the Clubsport boasts a clever overboost function which can increase power to 290hp during hard acceleration in third gear and above. That almost puts it into 300hp Volkswagen Golf R territory.
Unlike the Golf R, the Clubsport’s power goes entirely to the front wheels, taking 6.3 seconds to hit 62mph when combined with either the six-speed manual or DSG gearbox. Hence restricting the power boost to third gear and above, avoiding any potential wheel-scrabbling effects of channeling all this power through just the front two wheels.
CO2 emissions range between 158g/km and 162g/km depending on bodystyle and transmission choice, while combined fuel economy similarly varies between 40.9mpg and 40.4mpg.
As well as the extra power, for your £3,500 premium over the regular model, you get a special front bumper, side sills and rear diffuser.
As with the regular Golf GTI, the Clubsport features sports suspension and sits 15mm lower than the standard car. It features a front locking diff to aid traction, as well as progressive steering to reduce steering inputs.
Bespoke 18-inch alloys are shod with 225/40 tyres, and weigh 3kg per corner less than the standard wheels. Buyers can also opt for 19-inch alloys or road legal semi-slick tyres.
Inside, a golf ball gear knob, red stitching and Alcantara makes it undoubtedly a Golf GTI. New ‘Honeycomb 40’ trim strips make it stand out from the regular model – as do bespoke stainless steel sill plates.
The three-door Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport costs £30,875 with the manual gearbox, increasing to £32,290 with the DSG auto ’box. The five-door, meanwhile, starts at £31,530 with the manual and £32,945 with DSG.