HOTTEST GTI YET IN SA: The Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport has arrived in SA and will be launched early July 2016. Image: QuickPic
Cape Town - The Volkswagen Golf GTI celebrated its 40th anniversary earlier in 2016.
It all began in 1976 when only 5000 units of the GTI were planned. Four decades alter, more than two million (over 62 000 in South Africa) have been sold worldwide.
To mark its 40th anniversary, Volkswagen launched a special edition: the Golf GTI Clubsport - the most powerful front-wheel drive GTI yet.
The new GTI Clubsport will be launched in SA on July 1 2016. Wheels24's Janine Van der Post will be attending the local launch in Cape Town. Look out for her driving impressions next week.
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How much will it set you back? The DSG-only model Clubsport will cost R540 200.
The turbocharged direct-injection engine of the Clubsport develops 195kW/350Nm. Drivers can increase engine power to 213kW/380Nm using a boost function. The end-result is a 0-100km/h time of 5.9 seconds and a top speed of 249km/h.
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The boost function is available in gears three through six, provided that the 'Sport' driving profile is active; which can be engaged by shifting the gear lever to the 'S' mode.
The GTI Clubsport channels its power to the front wheels via a six-speed DSG gearbox.
Prices:2.0 TSI 162kW Manual - R465 500
2.0 TSI 162kW DSG - R481 500
2.0 TSI 169kW Performance Pack DSG - R501 500
2.0 TSI 195kW Clubsport DSG - R540 200
Front differential lock
The front differential lock integrated in the GTI Clubsport has a variable degree of locking and comprehensively integrates with the electronic driving aids. VW says the diff-lock aids the car by improving power transfer to the road.
Gallery: 2016 Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport
Optional Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC) is also available and is said to make the car’s handling characteristics more responsive.
The car is characterised by an entirely new front bumper, side sills, rear diffuser, multi-part roof spoiler, and exclusive forged alloy wheels.
The new Golf GTI Clubsport comes standard with a five year or 90 000km Service Plan, three year or 120 000km warranty and a 12 year anti-corrosion warranty. Service intervals 15 000km.