Anniversary model to mark the 40th birthday of the GTI
New Golf GTI Clubsport goes into production at the start of 2016
265 PS anniversary model accelerates to 100 km/h in 5.9 seconds
A boost function increases power output to over 290 PS for a short time
Five key facts about the Golf GTI Clubsport:
1. Market launch of the new Golf GTI Clubsport planned for the start of 2016 to mark 40th birthday of the icon
2. Anniversary model delivers 195 kW / 265 PS with a top speed of 250 km/h
3. Additional power thanks to a boost function – power output can be increased by approximately 10 per cent for a short time
4. Downforce at motorsport level thanks to new front bumper, rear spoiler, diffuser and side sills.
5. Interior of the Golf GTI Clubsport features motor racing bucket seats and numerous exclusive equipment details.
At the beginning of next year, the icon of the sporty compact class – the Golf GTI – is celebrating its 40th anniversary. Volkswagen will mark this historic event with a progressive special edition: the new Golf GTI Clubsport. The inventor of the “GTI” is thus continuing the big tradition of GTI anniversary models, as exclusive special editions also marked the 20th, 25th, 30th and 35th birthdays. Now Volkswagen is presenting the production version of the new Golf GTI Clubsport at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt and, on this occasion, offers a first look ahead at the driving performance of the most powerful production GTI ever. The turbocharged direct-injection engine in the anniversary model delivers an output of 195 kW / 265 PS (35 PS more than on the previous most powerful Golf GTI). That, however, is far from all. For a short time – for about 10 seconds each time – the driver can increase engine power by an additional 10 per cent to over 290 PS using a boost function. This added power is activated simply by kicking down the accelerator.
Dynamic performance just like in motorsport. With this tuning, the Golf GTI sprints to 100 km/h in 6.0 seconds with a 6-speed manual gearbox; the version with optional 6-speed dual-clutch gearbox (DSG) is even faster at 5.9 seconds. The Golf GTI Clubsport has a top speed of 250 km/h (DSG: 249 km/h). A look at fuel economy shows just how efficiently the sports car converts engine power into propulsion. With a manual gearbox, consumption is 6.9 l/100 km (equivalent to 160 g/km CO2); if power is transferred to the front wheels by DSG, the figure comes in at 6.7 l/100 km (155 g/km CO2). Not only has Volkswagen given the anniversary model’s engine more power, it has also extensively revised the design, equipment and aerodynamic fine-tuning of the anniversary model. Due to the high power output and significantly improved downforce, the dynamic performance of the Golf GTI Clubsport propels it into the domain of top-class motorsport. This results in groundbreaking handling properties at high speeds and breathtaking cornering speeds.
2.0 TSI – the engine. The superb turbocharged engine in the Golf GTI belongs to the third generation of the EA888 series. It boasts technical details such as water-cooled exhaust gas routing to the turbocharger, which is integrated into the cylinder head, and variable valve timing with dual camshaft adjustment. The technical basis for the Golf GTI Clubsport is the 169 kW / 230 PS performance variant of this engine; on board the anniversary model, the TSI develops the aforementioned 195 kW / 265 PS. Thanks to the aforementioned boost function, the power output of the Golf GTI Clubsport can be increased for a short time (by approximately 10 per cent). At the same time, torque rises from 350 to 380 Nm.
Exterior. The Golf GTI Clubsport presented at the IAA is painted in “Oryx White”; as a contrast, the roof area comes in black. (Of course, the model will be offered in numerous colours.) As described, Volkswagen exterior designers created a completely new front bumper, new side sills, a new rear diffuser, a new multi-part roof spoiler and exclusive forged alloy wheels for the anniversary model. These features immediately make the anniversary model stand out from the familiar GTI models.
Front. The designers completely redesigned the front bumper. The new design has enhanced air supply to the engine, the aerodynamics of the car and downforce on the front section. In detail, the exterior of the new bumper features high-gloss black air deflector elements which partially route the airflow – guided by three additional typical GTI bars – through a narrowing air duct (air curtain) on each side and therefore through the bumper. The air then exits in the wheel housings without directly hitting the wheels. The central cooling air intake – in typical GTI honeycomb design – has also been refined as the radiator grille fairing is supplemented by two further air intakes on the outside. This emphasises the width of the Golf GTI Clubsport. The anniversary model therefore has an extremely self-assured road stance. A front spoiler as a sharp splitter in high-gloss black follows below the bumper; it optimises downforce on the front axle. The splitter in the style of motorsport vehicles features a wrap-around design and extends in the sill area and the rear section.
Side profile. In terms of style, the side profile of the Golf GTI Clubsport is based on the original GTI version. To put this in context: the first generation was characterised by a wide black trim stripe on the side between the front and rear wheel arches at bumper level. This stripe has now been transferred to the side area of the anniversary model, paying homage to the 1976 Golf GTI, and is enhanced with the lettering “Clubsport”. The black trim stripe is continued towards the front in the new air deflector element of the front bumper. The optional “Bresica” 19-inch alloy wheels designed especially for the new Golf GTI Clubsport make a further dynamic statement. The anniversary model is equipped as standard with forged 18-inch alloy wheels that are also newly designed. A fine detail on the side are the high-gloss black door mirror caps.
Rear spoiler. The redesigned roof edge spoiler perfected in the wind tunnel is much larger than its counterpart on the current “GTI”. There is a narrow air gap between the roof area that is entirely in black and the wing-like spoiler placed above it. The roof spoiler in high-gloss black and “Oryx White” projects upwards above the roof line. At the sides, the spoiler merges homogeneously into the flaps on the tailgate which also come in high-gloss black. Multi-part spoilers of this type are complex components that perfectly fulfil the aerodynamic tasks assigned to them, i.e. to reduce air turbulence at the rear and greatly increase downforce on the rear axle And on the Golf GTI Clubsport the associated parts do this to perfection.
Rear diffuser. The lower rear section has also been individualised. Seen diagonally from behind, it is noticeable that the line of the wrap-around splitter of the side line (below the sill) is continued in the large rear diffuser that is a new development. Here, too, the colour is high-glass black. The redesigned and chrome-plated tailpipes of the twin-pipe exhaust system have been elegantly integrated in the diffuser; the diameter of the tailpipes is much larger than on the familiar Golf GTI models. The LED rear lights come in dark black-red.
Interior. The interior features iconic details that are essential for every GTI, such as the ergonomic sports seats with a tailor-made look featuring tartan fabric upholstery, red topstitching, a gear knob in golf ball design and a black headliner. These insignia of sportiness have been individualised or modified for the Golf GTI Clubsport. Accordingly, the anniversary model features folding racing bucket seats instead of sport seats. The seats are partially covered with Alcantara and feature a honeycomb pattern in the area of the backrests and seat cushions; the backrest also incorporates, GTI lettering. A red line enhances the seat belts. 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. In light of the overall concept and the current upward price trend of classic sports cars – especially anniversary models – it would in fact be advisable to buy two Golf GTI Clubsport models straight away: one to drive and one to keep in store.