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Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport is a Powerful Punter

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Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport concept rearFor the Wörthesee event in Austria, Volkswagen have shown off their new Golf GTI Clubsport. Cutting straight to the chase, this latest reincarnation of the iconic hot-hatch is potent and packs plentyVolkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport concept front of BHP It is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder EA888 petrol engine and whereas your standard Golf GTI comes with either 217bhp or 227bhp, this Clubsport packs a huge 261bhp. Incase you are sitting thinking that’s still not enough – the turbo can temporarily boost it’s pressure by 10% for when you really get the hammer down, meaning a temporary maximum output of 287bhp, in a front-wheel-drive hatchback. Given the burden of this immense power is a six-speed dual-clutch DSG automatic gearbox but there is also still a chance of the more traditional six-speed manual variation to be available when the car comes out next year as a 40th anniversary edition.

The Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport is set to go on sale next year in 2016, marking the hot-hatch’s 40th anniversary. In these photos the Clubsport has 19-inch wheels, which VW do say will be lessened to 18-inches come production models. However, the bodykit – which consists of a newly designed front bumper, additional ducts which carry the purpose of cooling the front brakes and the black spikes sitting below the headlamps – will be relatively unchanged when the car hits the showrooms. There is also a new spoiler at the back alongside a restyled rear bumper with twin chromed tailpipes as well as black wing mirror housings and a black graphic at the bottom of the doors, harking back to the original 1976 GTI.

The price for the GTI Clubsport is set to be around £27,500 and will hit showrooms in the UK in 2016.

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