Volkswagen has developed a lightweight version of its recently unveiled Golf GTI Clubsport through to production maturity at the company’s Braunschweig research and development centre in Germany, a high-ranking official has revealed.
However, concerns over the 296bhp hot hatchback’s overtly sporting image at a time when VW is attempting to keep a low profile in the midst of the diesel emission manipulation scandal mean the racy two-seater may never be offered to customers.
The new, front-wheel-drive Golf GTI Clubsport Lightweight was conceived as a road-legal race car in a bid to attract customers seeking a suitable offering for track day events, motorkhanas and hill climbs. Inspiration for the new model is claimed to have come from the Porsche 911 GT3 Clubsport.
Prototypes of the motorsport-inspired Volkswagen run a reworked version of the turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder EA888 engine used in the standard Golf GTI Clubsport, mated to either a six-speed manual or dual-clutch automatic gearbox as well as an electronic differential.