After the GTI and the Alltrack, the Mk8 Golf lineup is now joined by the GTI Clubsport with even more hotter looks and more power. It even gets a new Nürburgring driving mode specifically designed for use at the legendary Nordschleife.
As for the styling, there’s a sporty front bumper with honeycomb mesh pattern on the intakes; 18-inch alloy wheels, a two-part roof spoiler, and oval tailpipes of the sports exhaust system. The hot hatch sits 10 mm lower too. The red accent line on the front fascia, the red badges, red calipers, and decals on the front doors, all look subtle and very tasteful.
The cockpit has been spiced up with a GTI-branded flat-bottom steering wheel, premium sport seats, Aluminium-like pedals, and of course, red contrast stitching.
The hot hatch is powered by EA888 evo4 2.0-litre 4-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine that pumps out 300 hp (221 kW) and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque. A 7-speed DSG drives the front wheels. An electromechanical front-axle locking differential is included as standard and is managed by the Vehicle Dynamics Manager.
Networking all driving dynamics systems means that the new Golf GTI Clubsport handles even more neutrally and precisely than the classic Golf GTI. For the legendary Nordschleife track, we have also programmed a new Nürburgring profile, which specifically adapts the running gear components in the new Golf GTI Clubsport to this race track. – Karsten Schebsdat, Head of Driving Dynamics, Steering and Control Systems at Volkswagen