By on September 9, 2015


Volkswagen’s 40th anniversary model of its Golf GTI will be shown this year in Frankfu — and they’re probably already all gone.

The GTI Clubsport carries the same 2-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine found in the current GTI, but increases its output to 261 horsepower (290 horsepower when overboosted). Power is shifted through a six-speed manual or six-speed DSG automatic.

In addition to being a turbocharged manual hatchback, the GTI Clubsport hits the fanboy superfecta: It won’t go on sale in the U.S.

According to Volkswagen, the GTI Clubsport will hit 60 mph in 6 seconds (5.9 seconds when equipped with the DSG) and manage more than 33 mpg. It’s unclear if the chassis or suspension has been improved over the normal GTI.

In addition to unique 19-inch wheels, a larger rear spoiler and black mirror caps, the Oryx White paint scheme with black roof will be unique to the Clubsport.

Inside, the Clubsport gets unique bucket seats, special badging and shifter knob, and special “40”-branded cattle prods to keep GTI fanboys off your car.

The current lineup for GTI/Golf R is already crowded in the U.S. and Canada. In the spring, Volkswagen released a GTI Autobahn Performance package that starts over $31,000 and the Golf R starts at just over $35,000. A Clubsport (with an admittedly more potent engine than the GTI Performance) would have a very small window to hit.

(If not, there’s always the race Golf.)

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17 Comments on “Volkswagen GTI Clubsport Is Here (And Probably Already Sold Out)...”

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    “Volkswagen GTI Clubsport Is Here (And Probably Already Sold Out)”
    Yep I got the first and last one…yea me..

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    Small window indeed. If you’re going to spend well north of $30k on this, why the heck wouldn’t you buy a Golf R?

    • 0 avatar
      heavy handle

      Is this one AWD or FWD? If it’s FWD, then that’s one reason to get it over the AWD Golf R. It would be lighter, more fun to drive, and more engaging.

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        Only guarantee is that it would be lighter. Others are subjective.

        Only reason I would get this over a Golf R is because I’m pretty sure this will have a real limited slip differential.

        Truthfully though I’d rather just pocket $5-10K and get a base GTI with HIDs, the performance pack and LSD and add my own goodies (coilovers, brakes, tires, exhaust).

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    Remember folks, it’s only OK for VAG to modify the ECU to make more power. If you do so yourself, it violates their intellectual property rights. How dare you even consider hurting the sales of their super-special limited editions with a $500 modification!

    • 0 avatar

      That is not only VAG’s position and it has nothing to do with protecting sales of super-special limited editions. Automakers claim that so they don’t have to pay out on the warranty after you install a tune that ends up grenading your engine…

      Also your statement makes no sense. If you recognize the ECU as part of VAG’s intellectual property rights of course they, and not you, would be allowed to modify it. You are not allowed to make money off of other people’s rights, but you can do whatever you want with your own rights.

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      A bad tune could easily blow up an engine… why should VAG be on the hook for changes they had nothing to do with?

      And the fact that there is such a huge tune market for VWAG cars = clearly it IS OK to modify the ECU for more power. Just don’t expect them to cover a powertrain related warranty claim.

      • 0 avatar

        I agree if you damage your powertrain with a bad tune, that’s on you and not them. And VAG is certainly not alone in this position.

        Please excuse the snark, I was just recalling the noise automakers were making earlier in the year about moving to apply DMCA protection to ECUs, ostensibly for “safety” reasons. The VW 2.0t here is somewhat famously sandbagged, speculatively so they can release special editions like this with very low R&D costs. It would seem their legal position is very much to protect the sales of these software-based performance upgrades rather that safety.

        If automakers can move from selling a vehicle to licensing the components of their vehicles, this doesn’t exactly benefit the consumer.

        • 0 avatar

          100HP/L, and more importantly, 129lb-ft/L, is sandbagging? 14-15psi of boost stock is sandbagging?

          And yea…. security is a legitimate concern. For reasons I can’t understand, automakers want to connect everything, and then connect all that to the internet. I’m not sure how you don’t see the danger in a hacker getting access to, for example, throttle control???

          Not to mention if VW felt “threatened” by the aftermarket’s propensity to hack their ECUs on the basis of enabling customers to bypass their upgrading heirarchy, they probably would have put the kibosh on companies like APR decades ago lmao.

          It’s hard not to unleash the snark when such a poorly fleshed out thought is presented with such authority. No, there is no conspiracy to force you to upgrade only through VW- especially since this car isn’t even being sold around the world lmao. Yes, concerns about someone hacking into ECUs through Bluetooth are legitimate. Are you still in high school?

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            Yes, these things are massively de-tuned from the factory.

            The automakers haven’t figured this out yet, but security through obscurity is not going to work. If all the code was made open source, security would be increased.

            You don’t think automakers would shut down places like APR if they could?

            Disagreeing with someone doesn’t mean you should act like an asshole. lmao

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          As the former owner of a MKVI GTI, I posit that the intake, exhaust, and intercooler needed to be thoroughly re-worked to make any potential tune decently driveable in high heat. The MKVI’s throttle response (with a reputable tune) can get super lumpy when it’s 115 degrees outside. Almost makes you want to switch back to stock tune during the summer. I would guess that the 40th anniversary GTI has the proper hardware to keep a tuned 2.0t motor cool enough to be as smooth as a stock GTI.

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    This article is today’s Because Of Course Not.

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    I’m still wondering where Frankfu is, the place the GTI CS is being introduced and they are probably sold out.

    Write English much? It aren’t single, if you get my drift.

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    I have two metrics when reading performance specifications:
    0 to 60 in under 6 seconds.
    60 to 0 in less than 120 feet.

    This unit takes all of 6 seconds to reach 60MPH??? Didn’t someone call this a SPORTS car? Please call me when it can do it in under 5 seconds.

    Yes, there is room in the garage beside the N55 335i and a Golf is on the radar big time, but we’re not on the same page here.

    My heart pines for my rotary Rx2. A new Golf was to assuage it, MANUAL transmission and all.

    Pity the poor VW dealerships: Tour Rags, Piss Ants, Jet Tahs, and very dated Golf performance numbers.

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    anybody that buys a VW deserves a VW

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    Dem wheels tho.

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