The sharpest, fastest Golf GTI to date. Conceived to celebrate the hot Golf’s 40th anniversary this year, the Clubsport receives a power boost and significant chassis revisions.
It sits between the standard Golf GTI and the four-wheel drive Golf R in the model line-up, both in terms of price and power.
The expressive and exclusive Golf GTI Clubsport is an enhanced version of the standard GTI. It sports a range of additions, including aerodynamic extras such as a new front skirt, an improved rear splitter and large rear roof spoiler to increase grip.
The interior equally lives up to the highest expectations with motor-racing bucket seats, plus excellent materials, trim and equipment.
The new anniversary special Golf GTI Clubsport will hold the impressive title of the most powerful production GTI ever, with a turbocharged direct-injection engine delivering an output of 265 hp – 45 hp more than on the previous most powerful Golf GTI – and a boost function able to increase power output to 290 hp for a short time.
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.
The engineers’ subtle changes brought to the Golf GTI Clubsport make it a more potent driving machine than the existing Golf GTI – and a more capable one, too. There’s greater edginess to its performance and added precision to the handling, making it a truly memorable car to drive hard in the right conditions.
Yet despite its more focused nature, it continues to deliver excellent levels of chassis compliance and superb practicality, meaning it also makes for perfectly acceptable everyday transport, especially with its plush interior. This dual personality is very much at the root of its appeal.
A limited edition of the Golf GTI Clubsport is now available in Qatar.
ENGINE 2.0 litre, TSI turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve inline-4, direct fuel injection
TRANSMISSION Six-speed dual clutch gearbox (DSG) automatic with manual shifting mode
MAX POWER 265 hp (195 kW) @ 4,700 rpm with boost function, increases to 290 hp for short period
MAX TORQUE 258 lb-ft (350 Nm) @ 1,700 rpm
ACCELERATION 0 – 100 kph in 5.9 secs
MAX SPEED 250 kph (155 mph)
EXTERIOR Unique to Clubsport are gloss-black body trim, black graphics, 18-inch or optional 19-inch alloy wheels, tinted windows, smoked rear lights and parking sensors; lean and low muscular body, sweeping side skirts and distinctive alloy wheels, brakes and logo; prominent chrome-plated twin tailpipes
INTERIOR Bucket seats, dashboard, sill plates, floor mats, red seatbelts, Alcantara steering wheel and gear knob are all unique to this model; as in all GTI models, materials are well-grained and soft to the touch; comfortable and sporty, thanks to bold red stitching; buttons and switches offer intuitive, simple control; large touchscreen with new software for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility
SAFETY/SECURITY Dual front side, side curtain and a driver knee airbag system; rear-view camera; front and rear parking sensors; five-star safety rating; four-wheel ABS, emergency brake assist; electronic stability control; traction control; remote anti-theft alarm; tyre pressure monitor
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Author: Terry Sutcliffe
Note: This article has been extracted from Marhaba’s Issue No 64 Winter 2015/16 from the ‘Motoring’ section. For more car reviews, pick up Marhaba’s Issue No 64 Winter 2015/16 only QR20 from the nearest hypermarket or bookstore to you.
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