Volkswagen GTI Clubsport Is Here (And Probably Already Sold Out)

Aaron Cole
by Aaron Cole

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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