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NewsMight Volkswagen be Working on a Golf R Clubsport?

Might Volkswagen be Working on a Golf R Clubsport?

A Golf R Clubsport could be Volkswagen's Sportiest Car Ever

– Volkswagen is developing a high-performance Golf R Clubsport based on the MK8 Golf R.

– Enhancements include weight reduction, increased power output, and a revised suspension setup.

– Production depends on approval from Volkswagen’s board members.

Volkswagen’s GTI is a living legend, and the automaker regularly celebrates with special editions like the GTI Clubsport. The latter was recently introduced but that’s not what we want to talk about here. According to sources, Volkswagen’s lineup could soon be the recipient of a Golf R Clubsport.

Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport | Photo: Volkswagen

According to Martin Hube, a global spokesperson for Volkswagen, the company is actively developing a Clubsport version of the Golf R. This revelation came during an interview with Road & Track at the 24 Hours of Nürburgring, where Hube shared insights into Volkswagen’s plans for this high-performance vehicle.

The Golf R Clubsport would be built on the MK8 (now MK8.5) Golf R platform, which impresses with its performance credentials. Already sharing the EA888 2.0L turbocharged inline-four engine with the Audi S3, the Golf R Clubsport could take performance, for a production Golf, to a whole other level.

Hube highlighted that the new model would offer an all-wheel-drive system, tailored for track performance, in addition to the standard Golf R. He described the vehicle as a “torquey, road-going sports car,” emphasizing its versatility. While the standard Golf R is not primarily designed as a track tool, the Clubsport version will focus on optimizing performance for both road and track use.

Key improvements in the Golf R Clubsport will include weight reduction, increased power output, and a revised suspension setup. These enhancements are designed to ensure the vehicle performs exceptionally well on road courses. Volkswagen’s previous success with the MK7 Golf GTI Clubsport S, which set a lap record at the Nürburgring, serves as a promising benchmark for what the new Golf R Clubsport might achieve. The GTI Clubsport is no slouch either.

Production of the Golf R Clubsport hinges on approval from Volkswagen’s board members. Hube expressed optimism about the project, hoping to convince the decision-makers of its potential. However, representatives from Volkswagen of America have not commented on the existence or potential North American market availability of the Golf R Clubsport.

Despite the relatively small sales numbers of the Golf GTI and Golf R in the U.S., the absence of AWD performance cars like the Subaru WRX STI creates a niche market opportunity which is populated solely by the rare Toyota GR Corolla at the moment. A track-focused Golf R Clubsport could attract a dedicated audience of driving enthusiasts.

Volkswagen needs to say yes to the Golf R Clubsport. There are still countless VW fans and driving enthusiasts out there that long for such a car. Whether or not this hot hatch will make its way to North American shores remains to be seen.


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Matt St-Pierre
Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai


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