40th year of Volkswagon Golf

Volkswagen will celebrate the 40th birthday of their iconic Golf GTi with a y special edition of the car — the Golf GTi Clubsport. VW has a tradition of GTI anniversary models: special editions also marked the 20th, 25th, 30th, and 35th birthdays of the car.

In this case, though, VW are promising something very special. Although a prototype was unveiled in Austria recently, the production model will be released early next year and will have a power output of 195kW (265bhp), the most powerful GTI ever to be series-produced. VW say that a boost function will enable the driver to further increase the power by 10% for a short time.

The anniversary model will not only have a particularly powerful engine, it will also feature an extensively customised interior, a new front bumper that is more aerodynamic, new side sills, a new and very striking roof spoiler, and a new rear diffuser. All these features were designed according to the principle of ‘form follows function’, as the objective was to enhance the performance of the GTI.

With the combination of high power output and significantly improved downforce, the Golf GTI Clubsport — like the Golf GTE Sport — is advancing into top-class motorsport dimensions with its dynamic performance. The people at Volkswagen say the result is a car with first-class handling and breathtaking cornering at high speeds.

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