Radical Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport concept revealed
The GTi Clubsport has been created to celebrate the hot Golf’s 40th anniversary
Volkswagen to unveils 261bhp Golf GTI ahead of the Wörthersee tuning festival in Austria, as well as the item’s coming to the UK
Volkswagen has provided an early preview of what is actually set to become its most powerful production Golf GTI yet with the unveiling of of which fresh three-door Clubsport concept at the annual Wörthesee fan meet in Austria.
Set to go on sale from the UK in 2016 at a cost of around £27,500, the celebratory Golf GTI has been created to mark the 40th anniversary of the introduction of Wolfburg’s iconic front-wheel-drive hot hatch, which hit showrooms back in 1976.
As with each of the previous four anniversary types produced by Volkswagen, the Clubsport receives a more powerful engine than standard existing versions of the Golf GTI as well as retuned suspension, a series of outside styling modifications as well as various Inner surface upgrades.
Differentiating the fresh Clubsport concept by existing versions of the Golf GTI is actually an aggressive fresh bodykit of which is actually described as being virtually identical to of which set to grace next year’s 40th anniversary product.
Included is actually a uniquely styled front bumper featuring a large central air duct having a honeycomb insert, additional trapezoidal ducts used to cool the front brakes, prominent high gloss black blades low down on the outer edges as well as a subtle splitter.
These outside upgrades are accompanied by high gloss black door mirror housings as well as a black graphic along the lower edge of the doors in homage to the look of the original Golf GTI. At the rear, Volkswagen’s design team has provided the fresh car having a fresh spoiler mounted atop the tailgate together having a heavily restyled bumper with an integrated diffuser as well as twin chromed tailpipes.
Also fresh are the Golf GTI Clubsport’s 19in wheels, although Volkswagen says they will be replaced by standard 18in rims on the production type, while the product will make its debut in a two-tone paint scheme with Oryx White for the Centeng as well as black for the roof panel.
The Golf GTI Clubsport is actually powered by type of the Volkswagen Group’s turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder EA888 petrol engine, as used by existing versions of Wolfsburg’s iconic hot hatchback.
nevertheless while the standard Golf GTI comes with 217bhp as standard or 227bhp in combination with an optional performance package, the Clubsport will offer 261bhp, creating the item the most powerful production Golf GTI yet made. A function of which temporarily increases turbocharger boost pressure adds a further 10% to the overall output for short bursts of full-throttle action, raising overall reserves to 287bhp.
Volkswagen is actually yet to reveal a torque figure, although insiders at the company’s Braunschweig research as well as development centre in Germany suggest the item remains at the same level as of which of existing Golf GTIs, with 258lb ft developed across a band of revs between 1500 as well as 4400rpm.
Channelling drive to the front wheels is actually a six-speed dual-clutch automatic DSG gearbox as well as electronically controlled XDS differential. Volkswagen hints of which buyers will also be able to specify a traditional six-speed manual gearbox on the production type due out next year.
No performance claims for the Golf GTI Clubsport have been announced, although Volkswagen hints of which the added 34bhp will see the item eclipse the 0-62mph time of 6.4sec established by the existing Golf GTI, as well as increasing top speed to a limited 155mph.
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