Wednesday, November 30, 2022
News Volkswagen GTI Clubsport Offers R-Beating Power

Volkswagen GTI Clubsport Offers R-Beating Power

Top of range GTI to get 295 hp, same amount of torque

  • 295 hp front-drive GTI

  • Gets new chassis control integrated locking diff

There’s a new GTI in town, the latest version to be dubbed Clubsport, and this Mk 8 Volkswagen Golf should give the R a serious run for the money not just in the fun department, but when it comes to all-out performance. That’s thanks to 295 hp from the 2.0L turbo-four.

Running the latest version of VW’s EA888 turbo engine, the new Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport puts that impressive 295 hp and the same amount of torque to the front wheels via a standard seven-speed dual-clutch box. And while you might cringe at that two-pedal selection, remember that this is a GTI. Plus there’s more, with the new Vehicle Dynamics Manager working to control standard electromechanical locking front differential for the first time.

The new Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport | Photo: Volkswagen

VW says that networking all the driving systems, including that diff, “means that the new Golf GTI Clubsport handles even more neutrally and precisely than the classic Golf GTI.” As an added bonus for anyone headed to Europe, there is a Nürburgring profile that automatically adapts the Clubsport’s bits to that track.

The Clubsport is set apart from lesser GTI models visually thanks to the different front end with an open-looking front bumper and larger aerodynamic elements. A two-piece spoiler at the rear stands out and Volkswagen calls it a hallmark of the Clubsport model. The aero changes, Volkswagen says, “significantly increase” downforce. The GTI Clubsport is also 10 mm lower and wears wider side sills plus oval tailpipes in place of the usual round ones.

The new Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport | Photo: Volkswagen

Inside is mostly standard GTI, but it does offer premium sports seats and aluminum look pedals. No GTI tartan appears in the photo, and if that’s not offered it would be a shame. A shame that 295 hp should more than make up for.


Trending Now

Top 20 Vehicles with the Longest Potential Lifespan

New vehicle prices continue to climb out of many consumers' reach. Used vehicle pricing remains high however shopping for something older remains an...

The First Ultium-Based Buick SUV will be Launched in China by the End of the Year

China is the largest market for the Buick brand. This five-seat SUV will reach its first customers at the beginning of 2023. A...

Hankook Launches iON Winter Tires for EVs

Hankook’s iON tire line is specifically designed for EVs. The iON winter tires arrive next spring. Electric vehicles are posing serious headaches for both...

Hyundai Announces U.S. Battery Partnership With SK On

Hyundai will get batteries from SK On from 2025 New US EV plant expected to open that year Hyundai has signed a new agreement...

Rivian Delivers First Units in British Columbia

These are the first R1 vehicles in Canada They were destined for Rivian staff members. The bright side here is that Rivian’s actually on...


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.