Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport 2024: features, prices and test


After updating the Golf and presenting its iconic GTI sports version, many wondered if Volkswagen would continue the more performance variants of its popular compact. On the one hand, we have the maximum exponent, the R and its all-wheel drive; on the other, the most desired by the vast majority, the front-wheel drive GTI Clubsport. We will focus on the latter since the German brand has just announced the presentation date of the most powerful GTI of all timeyou. The thing promises…

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A more aggressive aesthetic

Volkswagen will celebrate the 50th birthday of the Golf at the Nürburgring circuit and thousands of fans will gather there waiting to discover the ins and outs of the German manufacturer’s definitive front-wheel drive machine. In the press release some of its aesthetic keys are advanced: a completely redesigned front, with a more aggressive bumper and the brand’s logo illuminated for the first time; a rear led by a more prominent spoiler, a new diffuser and two larger diameter exhaust outlets. All of this is accompanied by new 19-inch wheels, with the possibility of opting for forged units weighing 8 kilos each. The brand says they reduce unsprung mass and improve performance.

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Behind closed doors the only thing we know is that the updated GTI Clubsport will include a newly developed leather multifunction sports steering wheel and a new infotainment system “extremely intuitive and ensures that the driver can concentrate even better on the road”. Additionally, users will be able to benefit from a new voice assistant with Chat GPT integration.

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The most powerful GTI to date

Together with a more aggressive aesthetic they will coexist a more powerful mechanics than the standard GTI and a chassis suitably adjusted to offer more sporty sensations. If we start with the first, the details are scarce because the only thing that the brand has communicated is that we are looking at the most powerful front-wheel drive Golf to date. Given that the previous Clubsport boasted 300 horsepower from the popular 2.0 TSI engine (EA888), we can now expect an increase of about 10 or 15 HP that will be sent to a front axle assisted by a electronically operated self-locking differential.

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Volkswagen says it will offer the DCC adaptive suspension as an option, accompanied by a driving mode exclusive to this version called “Special”. Basically it is a program that adapts the chassis and engine to the special characteristics of the Nürburgring Nordschleife. However, the standard suspension should be firmer and lower the bodywork compared to the standard GTI, while the brakes will be more powerful and will have perforated discs on the front axle.

Debuts at the Nürburgring

As we say, the Golf GTI Clubsport 2024 will debut on the occasion of the 24 Hours of Nürburgring next May 31 (at 4:30 p.m.) and it will do so alongside a one-off prepared for competition and three truly striking classic Golf GTIs.

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