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New 296bhp hot hatch gets unique styling and 'Race' package to mark 45 years since the original GTI launch
Felix Page Autocar writer
2 mins read
26 February 2021

Volkswagen is celebrating 45 years of its venerable Golf GTI hot hatch with a new commemorative edition of the latest model. 

It is the sixth such anniversary model the GTI has received in its lifetime, with Volkswagen having offered a similar conceived limited edition every five years since the Edition 20 in 1996. 

Due on sale in the UK in April priced from slightly less than £40,000, the limited-run GTI Clubsport 45 is marked out with bespoke '45' branding, a contrasting black roof and matching rear wing - which, Volkswagen says, is a homage to the Mk1 GTI's black plastic rear spoiler. 

Bespoke 19in 'Scottsdale' alloy wheels are painted black, with a narrow red pinstripe around the rim in tribute to historic GTI models, which wore a similar design for their front grilles.

Being a Clubsport, the special edition boosts output from its 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder to 296bhp and 295lb ft - from the standard GTI's 242bhp and 273lb ft - for a 0-62mph time of 5.6sec. 

It is also equipped as standard with an exclusive Race package, which is unavailable on other GTI models, bringing an Akrapovic sports exhaust system and removing the 155mph maximum speed limiter, while adding top-rung LED matrix headlights, which also feature subtle red detailing. 

The commemorative theme is carried over to the interior, where a GTI motif is stitched into the front seat backrests and a 45 badge is applied to the bottom of the steering wheel. 


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scotty5 28 February 2021

Yet another article where all anyone can do is criticise.

Near £40k for a Golf is eyewateringly expensive, but so are other cars. Yeh you could buy that Jaguar someone mentions but the trouble with day dreamers is they can't see past the list price. The cost of running that Jag XE bares no comparison to running a GTi and if you knew anything about Anniversary Editions, they certain hold a premium on the used market. Not sure why, but there is a fan base willing to pay big money for them. A large pertrol Jaguar in the otherhand has the opposite effect.

I'm certainly not going to say it's good value, but what I will say is when you take the cost of ownership in to account, name another new car with that sort of performance that's cheaper. I bet it's a very short list.

Peter Cavellini 27 February 2021

But for?, yes, I agree there's lots of cars out there that in our eyes would be a better buy, you could take it back one year old, two year old and get even more thrills, but, VW are trying to pass this tarted up GTi as something a bit special,well, as we all know, lots of after market companies have modded Gti's to some incredible levels, some bad, some not so good,so, if your a dyed in the Wool Gti person, you'll drool over this, and that's fine, what would I buy if I had that amount of cash?, well, a manual box M3 (E46)!

Citytiger 27 February 2021

Sorry but for £37,285 you can have a brand new and improved Jaguar XE R-Dynamic SE P300 AWD automatic. 

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