Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport unveiled

Volkswagen has revealed the ultra sporty Clubsport version of its Golf 8 GTI

Reuben Van Niekerk
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With the world premiere of the new Golf GTI Clubsport, Volkswagen is writing the next chapter of the successful Golf story. Set to be the flagship of the eighth generation Golf GTI range, with its enhanced turbocharged engine, fully connected running gear and the brand new Nurburgring driving profile, this Golf GTI shifts the goal posts for the driving dynamics of front-wheel-drive sports cars.


How quick is it?

The Golf GTI Clubsport has been improved in all areas, with the EA888 Evo4 engine now delivering 221kW and 400Nm of torque, compared to the 180kW and 370Nm of the standard Golf 8 GTI, which should see it complete the 0-100km/h sprint in under six seconds. Power is transferred to the front wheels via Volkswagens well-sorted seven speed DSG gearbox.


Track ready

In addition to altering the shock absorber damping the Vehicle Dynamics Manager can now fine tune the standard electromechanical front-axle locking differential too, depending on the mode chosen by the driver.


If you are planning on heading to the Nurburgring, there’s good news, a driving mode called Special was designed specifically for lapping this famous circuit. Special mode includes softer suspension settings than Sport mode to cater for the undulating surface of the ‘Ring, which should also be perfect for South Africa’s less than perfect back roads.


Hey good looking

Naturally, the Clubsport has been bestowed with a number of unique styling cues; the radiator grille with the honeycombe design has been designed so as to allow maximum airflow to critical components, finished in matte black, with the fog lamps removed.


At the rear a two-part roof spoiler catches the eye as does a special diffuser, a body lowered by 10mm and wider side sills enhance the overall sporty impression. 18-inch wheels are standard and the twin exhausts are now oval in shape.


Inside the Clubsport is fitted with premium sport seats in ArtVelours, a sports steering wheel with paddle shifters for the seven-speed DSG gearbox and red stitching throughout.


When will it be available?

The standard Golf 8, including the GTI is set to arrive in South Africa early in 2021. A representative from Volkswagen has confirmed that at this stage the Clubsport model will not be destined for South Africa due to our inferior fuel quality. Lets hope that the clever engineers in Wolfsburg can make a plan and give Mzansis Golf fans a chance to experience this flagship model.