Set to go on sale at a price of around £27,500, the celebratory Golf GTI has been created to mark the 40th anniversary of the introduction of Wolfburg’s iconic front-wheel-drive hot hatch, which hit showrooms back in 1976. It was first unveiled in concept form at the annual Wörthesee fan meet in Austria earlier this year.
As with each of the previous four anniversary models produced by Volkswagen, the Clubsport receives a more powerful engine than standard existing versions of the Golf GTI as well as retuned suspension, a series of exterior styling changes and various interior upgrades.
Differentiating the new Clubsport concept from existing versions of the Golf GTI is an aggressive new bodykit that is described as being virtually identical to that set to grace next year’s 40th anniversary model.
Included is a uniquely styled front bumper featuring a large central air duct with a honeycomb insert, additional trapezoidal ducts used to cool the front brakes, prominent high gloss black blades low down on the outer edges and a subtle splitter.