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Golf GTI turns 40, gets fitter, faster

POSTED BY Nigel Andretti ON 10 September 2015

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TO celebrate its milestone 40th birthday of the original hot hatch, Volkswagen will put out the most powerful production version of the GTI ever.

The new VW Golf GTI Clubsport delivers upwards of 285-horsepower to its front tyres, the company says — but that peak will be only available for 10 second bursts, thanks to an overboost function the pumps up power from the Clubsport’s new ‘normal’ tally of 261-horsepower generated by the turbocharged and direct-injected 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine.

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The cabin has a thick steering wheel, special stitching, and seats designed to hug the driver when flinging the GTI Clubsport around corners.

According to VW’s stopwatch, a GTI Clubsport equipped with the standard 6-speed manual accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 6.0 seconds flat.

Opt for the 6-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission, however, and this time is shaved down to 5.9 seconds. Top speed with either gearbox is electronically-limited to 230km/h.

The GTI Clubsport shows off its sporting credentials with a subtly revised exterior that features a new front bumper, revised rear diffuser, new side sills, a multi-part roof spoiler, and one seriously sexy set of alloy wheels that are unique to this model.

Inside you’ll find a thick Alcantara-covered steering wheel, red stitching on the seats and door panels, along with the famous golfball-mimicking gearshift knob for the manual transmissions.

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