Volkswagen present most powerful Golf GTi to celebrate 40th anniversary

CarsBy Robbie Farrell
The Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport concept
The Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport concept

Volkswagen today presented the Golf GTI Clubsport as a close-to-production concept car at Lake Wörthersee, in Austria.

To celebrate the GTI's 40th birthday in 2016, the Golf GTI Clubsport will be the most powerful GTI ever to be series produced. The Clubsport will feature a 2.0-litre petrol engine with power output of 195 kW and 265bhp.

Moreover, a boost function will enable the driver to further increase the power by around ten per cent for a short time.

The anniversary model will not only have a particularly powerful engine, it will also feature an extensively customised interior, a completely new front bumper that is highly innovative in terms of aerodynamics, new side sills, a new and very striking roof spoiler and a rear diffuser specially developed for the anniversary model.

All these features were designed according to the principle of "form follows function" as the defined objective was to further enhance the performance of the GTI.

With the combination of high power output and significantly improved downforce, the Golf GTI Clubsport – like the Golf GTE Sport – is advancing into top-class motorsport dimensions with its dynamic performance.

The result: first-class handling at very high speeds and breathtaking cornering speeds. Form follows function in its purest form.

The superb turbocharged 2.0 TSI petrol 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 has been 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.

As described, thanks to a boost function the power output of the Golf GTI Clubsport can be further increased for a short time (by approximately 10 per cent), for example to enable highly agile acceleration from tight bends on the racetrack.

The majority of these features – that can be experienced first-hand on board the concept car at Lake Wörthersee – will also enhance the production version of the new Golf GTI Clubsport in 2016.