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.