The new eight-generation Golf, aka Golf Mk8, is now joined by an even more powerful variant, the Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport. The German automaker has just show off a near-production prototype 296 horses (221 kW) Clubsport that is blessed with innovative Vehicle Dynamics Manager for “outstanding drive performance.”
Track enthusiasts will be thrilled to know that a new Nürburgring driving profile is configured to suit the track characteristics of the legendary Nordschleife that will deliver impressive driving dynamics.
The enhanced 2.0L turbocharged injection engine (EA888 evo4) produces a maximum torque of 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) and mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox (DSG) and now boasts a new fully connected sports running gear.
In addition to the electronic differential locks (XDS) and the lateral dynamics components of the optional adaptive chassis control DCC, the aforementioned Vehicle Dynamics Manager now also manages the standard electromechanical front-axle locking differential.
Not a lot is being divulged. But we know that it further features an almost open bottom front bumper, 2-part roof spoiler, special diffuser, a body lowered by 10 mm, wider side sills, twin sports exhaust with oval tailpipes, 18-inch alloy wheels, premium sport seats in ArtVelours, sports steering wheel with perforated leather grip zones and paddle shifter, and aluminum-look pedals. Wait. “Aluminum-look”. That means it isn’t aluminum? Hmmm.
Words on the availability and pricing for the Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport are yet to be disclosed. It will likely not make it to the U.S. Not surprising. After all, it is tuned for Germany’s Nürburgring.
All images courtesy of Volkswagen Group.