The new mk8 2020 VW Golf GTI has only just been released yet already we’ve got a variant available to us. It’s the 2021 Golf GTI Clubsport sitting between the standard GTI and powerful Golf R giving customers wanting a little bit more form their GTI a choice. In fact, the Clubsport is labelled the flagship model of the new GTI range and with the changes it’s easy to see why.
The biggest change comes via the engine: the turbocharged EA888 (evo4) engine produces 221 kW and 400 Nm of torque vs the standard GTI’s 180 kW and 370 Nm of torque. That’s a huge 41kW and 30Nm increase and drops the 0-100 kph time to under 6 seconds.
It’s not just an engine gain however. The GTI Clubsport takes the standard GTI’s Vehicle Dynamics Manager one step further by including the electromechanical front-axle locking differential into the equation. VW has also profiled the Nürburgring and says it “…specifically adapts the running gear components in the new Golf GTI Clubsport to this race track.”
There are a few styling changes but it was never at risk of looking anything but a Golf. The front end is more aggressive and uses a front splitter while at the opposite end the rear wing helps increase downforce. Also at the rear is a special diffuser and oval tailpipes rather than the standard round units while the car is lowered by 10mm and rides on Wolfsburg with 18-inch alloy wheels.
Inside are premium sport seats in ArtVelours, a sports steering wheel with perforated sections, aluminium pedals as well as other touches about the cabin.
If you’re in Australia, don’t get your hopes up just yet as the Clubsport doesn’t appear to be heading to our shores according to CarAdvice.
Still, we’ve managed to get plenty of other special editions to sell quite well here, VW Australia will surely be cooking something up for GTI fans.