Volkswagen has given us an early taste of next year’s 40th anniversary Golf GTI special edition by unveiling of the Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport concept at the Worthersee festival in Austria. The 2016 Volkswagen Golf GTI 40th anniversary edition is set to become the most powerful GTI since the iconic nameplate’s launch in 1976.
The three-door Clubsport concept – which is believed to closely resemble the 40th anniversary edition due for production next year – produces 195kW from its tuned-up 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine, while a function that momentarily boosts turbo pressure increases that by 10 per cent, taking peak power to 214kW for short bursts.
Those figures put it well clear of the 162kW of the regular Golf GTI and the GTI Performance’s uprated 169kW output. It’s also more powerful than the 206kW hot-weather engine tune of the all-wheel-drive Golf R sold in Australia, and within a whisker of the R’s 221kW output in overseas markets. There’s no word on the concept’s torque output at this stage, suggesting it’s likely to match the 350Nm of the existing GTI and Performance versions.
Volkswagen remains coy on the uprated car’s performance claims, though the extra power should see it improve on the 6.4-second 0-100km/h time of the GTI Performance.
Power will be sent to the front wheels via a six-speed dual-clutch DSG transmission, while a six-speed manual transmission is also tipped to feature in the production model.
The Clubsport concept at Worthersee gets a sporty body kit with triangular intakes, aggressive black blades and a lower splitter at the front, black mirror caps and lower graphics along the side panels, bespoke 19-inch alloy wheels, and a rooftop spoiler and reworked bumper at the rear.
The Volkswagen Golf GTI 40th anniversary edition has been confirmed to go on sale in the UK in 2016. CarAdvice has contacted Volkswagen Australia to see if it plans to offer the new anniversary model in our market. The local division sold the most recent anniversary model, the Golf GTI Edition 35, which was priced from $43,490 plus on-road costs. The current GTI Performance costs $48,490, while the Golf R starts at $52,740.