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261HP Volkswagen GTI Clubsport Unveiled

Special edition with unique appearance and more power than the standard GTI headed for Frankfurt auto show debut

Alex Nishimoto
Sep 9, 2015

Volkswagen has revealed the GTI Clubsport ahead of the car's official debut at the Frankfurt motor show. The special-edition model gets a unique appearance and more power than the standard GTI to celebrate the marque's 40th anniversary.

The GTI Clubsport doesn't stray too far from the concept that debuted at this year's Worthersee VW gathering. The car pays homage to the original 1976 GTI with a black stripe that tops the side sills. The exterior is finished in Oryx White with a contrasting black roof, and also features a unique front fascia, rear diffuser, and a multi-piece roof spoiler. That spoiler was developed in a wind tunnel, and gets a two-tone color scheme. Out back, unique dual exhaust tips integrate into the diffuser. The Clubsport rides on the optional "Brescia" 19-inch alloy wheels, though 18-inchers come standard.

Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport rear three quarter in motion 01 Photo 2/21   |   Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport Rear Three Quarter In Motion 01

But the GTI Clubsport's most interesting upgrades are found underhood. The special hot hatch is powered by a version of VW's ubiquitous turbocharged and direct-injected 2.0-liter I-4, tuned to 261 hp or 51 hp more than the standard GTI available in the U.S. What’s more, the Clubsport has an overboost function that increases power to 286 hp for about 10 seconds. The overboost feature is activated simply by going full throttle. With the six-speed manual, the Clubsport is estimated by VW to hit 62 mph in 6.0 seconds. The six-speed dual-clutch transmission shaves a tenth off that at 5.9 seconds. With either transmission, the Clubsport has a top speed of 155 mph.

Inside, the Clubsport bears typical GTI design cues but with a sportier twist. Instead of sport seats, the Clubsport uses reclining racing buckets trimmed in Alcantara with red stitching. The steering wheel and shift boot get the same treatment, while the seatbelts are accented with a matching red line. Topping it all off is the classic golf ball shift knob.

It's unknown exactly how many copies of the GTI Clubsport VW intends to produce, but that shouldn't concern GTI fans in the U.S. anyway. A VW rep told us that the company has no plans to sell the special model here. If you happen to be in the U.K., however, expect to see the Clubsport in dealerships sometime next year. Stay tuned for more on the Volkswagen GTI Clubsport from Frankfurt.

Source: Volkswagen

Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport front view in motion Photo 6/21   |   Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport Front View In Motion
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