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.