‘Iconic’ is, perhaps, a word bandied around all too freely but, when applied to the mould-breaking Golf GTI, it can be used with genuine justification. The car that popularised the ‘hot hatch’ phenomenon is 40 years old in 2016 and, to mark the occasion, Volkswagen has created the most potent iteration of the GTI to date.
Powering this addition to the GTI range is a 2.0-litre turbocharged direct-injection engine that is based on the 1,984 cc TSI engine that appears in the award-winning Golf R. But that’s not the whole story. Accelerate hard in third gear or higher and, for up to 10 seconds, an additional ‘overboost’ function increases the engine power. This power is channeled entirely to the front wheels via either a six-speed manual gearbox or a six-speed DSG. A handy little bonus the DSG version of the car is also equipped with launch control as standard.
Top speed is limited to 155 mph and the 0-62 mph time for both three- and five-door versions – either manual or DSG – is a brisk 6.3 seconds.
As with all Golf GTIs, the new Clubsport Edition 40 is equipped with a sport chassis with 15 mm lower ride height as standard. Up front, MacPherson suspension provides precise tracking while the modular performance suspension does the same job at the rear. The anniversary model is also available with DCC dynamic chassis control as an option.
Power is transferred to the road via 18-inch alloy wheels that are offered as standard with 225/40 tires. These exclusive “Quaranta” forged wheels are nearly 3 kg lighter per wheel than conventional alloys. Optionally, the GTI Clubsport Edition 40 may be ordered with 19-inch “Brescia “wheels with 235/35 tires. Another option: street-approved semi-slick 235/35 R 19 tires on eight-inch wide “Pretoria” wheels.
Volkswagen designers created a completely new front bumper, new side sills, rear diffuser, a new multi-part roof spoiler and exclusive forged alloy wheels. The goal was not to just help the car stand out from its siblings but, more importantly, to deliver valuable downforce on both axles and, thereby, improve the car’s dynamic handling still further.
Inside, the new car features iconic details that are essential for every GTI. These include the ergonomic sports seats with a tailor-made look featuring Alcantara and black cloth upholstery; red topstitching; a gear knob in golf ball design; and a black headliner. The anniversary model is being offered with optional black painted roof which is combined with one of the body colours: Pure White; Tornado Red; Oryx White mother of pearl effect; Reflex Silver; Carbon Grey Metallic; or Urano Grey.
Production of the new Golf GTI Clubsport Edition 40 is time limited and you can order now with deliveries expected later this year.
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