Volkswagen just redesigned its Golf GTI, with the latest generation of the iconic hot hatch. A more hardcore version has already been announced. Unveiled on Tuesday, the new Golf GTI Clubsport ups the power to Golf R levels and combines this with a few chassis upgrades.
Under the hood, there’s a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes 296 horsepower (221 kilowatts) and 295 pound-feet (400 Newton-meters) of torque. For comparison, the standard GTI produces 242 hp (180 kW) and 273 lb-ft (370 Nm). The Clubsport comes exclusively with a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox.
Paired to the engine is a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission that drives the front wheels. VW says the hatch will hit 62 mph (100 km/h) in less than 6.0 seconds and a top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h). The dual-clutch has shorter gear ratios than it does in the regular GTI.
Elsewhere, the VW Golf GTI Clubsport comes complete with a VAQ electromechanical locking front differential that replaces the electronic XDS system of the standard GTI. This new differential can be adjusted depending on the driving modes. Other upgrades include increased camber at the front, a new control arm mount at the rear, new wheel mounts, bespoke damper bearings, and a new spring configuration. The Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC) system has also been upgraded to include fifteen settings between the Comfort and Sport driving modes. This includes a mode tuned for the Nurburgring Nordschleife.
Complementing the added grunt are upgraded brakes with twin-piston calipers. The ABS and stability control systems have also been fine-tuned to increase slip thresholds to improve braking performance and stability.
From a visual standpoint, the Golf GTI Clubsport includes a distinctive front bumper with a new splitter, 19-inch wheels, and a two-piece rear spoiler that helps to reduce lift. The hot hatch also includes black graphics on the side skirts while interior changes are limited to new upholstery on the seats.
Pricing and availability details have yet to be announced.