Clubsport is a fitter, harder version of the Volkswagen Golf GTI

Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport

AROUND half-way through the life cycle of the last generation Golf, Volkswagen sent its GTI hot hatch to the gym and created the harder, leaner Clubsport model.

It's not hanging around in adding a Clubsport version to the new eighth generation Golf, pulling the wraps off the model soon after the launch of the regular GTI.

The new car brings more power and a series of other dynamic changes which help to make it even sharper than the regular car.

Though the most powerful Golf for now, the upcoming R version will be even more potent.

It will be four-wheel-drive, however, while the Clubsport is resolutely front-wheel-drive, for a different, more involving driving experience.

Compared to a regular GTI, the Clubsport gets huge front air intakes in the bumper and a two-part roof spoiler, while 18-inch alloy wheels come fitted as standard.

A unique diffuser and wider side sills also help to give the Clubsport a wider, more muscular appearance.

Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport 

Oval tailpipes replace the round versions found on the standard GTI.

Underneath the bonnet sits a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine with 296bhp - up from the standard GTI's 242bhp - driven to the wheels via a seven-speed double-clutch automatic gearbox.

Gear selectors behind the steering wheel are also fitted as standard, giving the driver better control over the car's gears. No manual version is due to be offered.

An electromechanical locking front differential heads up a series of chassis changes made to the Clubsport and replaces the solely electronic version on the regular GTI.

Drivers are also able to tailor the differential to different driving situations via an in-car dynamics manager.

For instance, the differential can be eased in comfort modes or made more aggressive when switching to sport settings.

Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport 

The front camber has also been increased, while new control arm mounts, wheel mounts and a revised spring configuration have been included too.

A full Dynamic Chassis Control system offers fifteen settings to allow drivers to tune the ride of the car to their exact liking.

The Clubsport's brakes have been uprated too with large discs and two-piston calipers, while inside there's Clubsport-specific stitching for the seats.

Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport 

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