New Volkswagen Golf GTI Features 300-HP Clubsport Version

The standard hatchback has received an increase in power and an aerodynamic body kit.

Volkswagen has introduced an upgraded Golf GTI, namely the Clubsport version with a 300-hp engine, a semi-automatic gearbox and front-wheel drive.

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The hot hatch has received a 2.0-liter turbo petrol V4 EA888 boosted to 300 hp (+55 hp) and 400 Nm (+30 Nm). There is only a seven-speed semi-automatic transmission. To distance the Clubsport version from the upcoming Golf R, which is promised to have a 333-horsepower engine, the new model has retained front-wheel drive.

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The exact 0-100 km time of the new model is unknown. It is reported that it is less than 6 seconds. For comparison, the standard GTI reaches 100 km/h in 6.2 seconds, and the limited 310-hp GTI Clubsport S of the previous generation — in 5.8 seconds. A top speed of the new car is electronically limited to 250 km/h.

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Other improvements include an electronic differential, special steering and suspension settings with an increased negative camber angle of the front wheels. The hot hatch's brake discs are larger and lighter, making it possible to increase the efficiency of the braking system and to reduce the unsprung mass at the same time. Besides, the GTI is “lowered” by 15 mm and equipped with an aerodynamic body kit.

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In addition to the existing four driving modes (Eco, Comfort, Sport and Individual), the hatchback has received Special mode. It is designed for maximum performance on tracks specifically for the Nurburgring: in this mode, the Clubsport completes a 12.9-km lap 13 seconds faster than the standard GTI.

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The new-generation Volkswagen Golf family was supplemented by the larger station wagon Variant and its all-road version, the Alltrack, in September. The new models will be released in Europe before the end of this year and in other countries in 2021.

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