Golf GTI Clubsport Edition 40 celebrates 40 years of the Volkswagen Golf GTI, with up to 286bhp and a starting price of £30,875
6 April 2016

Volkswagen has launched the Golf GTI Clubsport Edition 40, its most potent GTI-badged Golf ever.

Read our review of the Golf GTI Clubsport Edition 40 here

The special-ed Golf GTI celebrates 40 years of the Golf GTI, and, thanks to an overboost function, has up to 286bhp and 258lb ft torque on tap. Without overboost, the engine has 261bhp. This allows the GTI Clubsport Edition 40 to achieve 62mph in 6.3sec, on to a limited top speed of 155mph.

This is an improvement of 0.2sec on the standard GTI’s 0-62mph time (0.1sec over the GTI Performance), and an increase of at least 3mph over the standard GTI’s 153mph top speed. The overboost function is available in third gear and above, and provides that higher power figure for up to 10 seconds. Claimed CO2 emissions are increased to 158g/km from the standard GTI’s 139g/km, while fuel economy dips by 6.2mpg to 40.9. 

For comparison, the Ford Focus ST's claimed 0-62mph time is 6.2 seconds, while its top speed is 154mph. The Golf GTI Clubsport Edition 40's asking price puts it more in line with the Focus RS, however, which achieves 62mph in 4.7sec, onward to a 165mph top speed.

At £30,875, the Edition 40 sits between the £26,825 Golf GTI performance and the £31,125 starting price of the Golf R. The engine is a tweaked version of the 1984cc TSI unit used in the Golf R, with power delivered to the front wheels.

Exterior upgrades over the standard GTI include a new bumper with improved aerodynamics and downforce and additional air intakes incorporated into the fascia. A new diffuser at the rear, as well as an upgraded spoiler and new 18in alloy wheels have also been added. The new aerodynamic bodywork has a contrasting black gloss finish. Paint colours are limited to black, white, red, silver, and both metallic and non-metallic grey while a black-painted roof is optional.

Inside, exclusive trim panels mark out the Edition 40, as well as the standard-fit trademark features of the non-special-edition Golf GTI. Alcantara features on the gearstick and steering wheel while ‘customised’ door mats are also standard.

Part Alcantara bucket seats are optional, and the upgrade to a DSG ‘box is a £1415 premium but includes launch control. Dynamic chassis control and 19in alloy wheels are also optional extras, in with standard or semi-slick tyres. The five-door Golf GTI Clubsport Edition 40 starts at £31,530.

Production is time limited, although Volkswagen expects to sell fewer than 1000 of the special edition Golf GTI. First deliveries are expected to take place in the summer. 

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6 April 2016
Surely they wont find anyone stupid enough to shell out £30,875 when a Golf R is only £31,125 ? !

XXXX just went POP.


6 April 2016
Mrs TS7 quite fancied a GTi CS, 80s lass that she is. Went along to a VDub dealer today for a chat. They have 10 orders already for the '40 SE, out of a total UK allocation of 100. Possibly 200, but cetainly 100. This is just a hick dealer in the middle of nowhere, and there are certainly more than 10 dealers nationwide. Even if we got all 1,000 cars I doubt whether all VW dealers will be able to satisfy their clients. And yes, I really want Mrs TS7 to get an 'R'. If only it came with tartan seats!

typos1 wrote:

Surely they wont find anyone stupid enough to shell out £30,875 when a Golf R is only £31,125 ? !

7 April 2016
typos1 wrote:

Surely they wont find anyone stupid enough to shell out £30,875 when a Golf R is only £31,125 ? !

Having not driven it I can only speculate but I would imagine this to be of a completely different character to the R and hence a different audience. It certainly entices me more than the R, what ever the price.

Also, if you are in it for the long term I would imaging this will become a desirable used car and hence the extra value will be retained.



It's all about the twisties........

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