It’s hard to believe, but just weeks after the new Golf GTI was made available, VW has revealed the more powerful GTI Clubsport.
If the new Volkswagen Golf GTI was not powerful enough for you, then the Golf GTI Clubsport will deliver – its engine produces 296bhp.
This is a hot hatch with a track bias, and as a lighter car, there is more fun to be had behind the wheel as a contract hire choice.
Under the bonnet, there's a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine which is 54 bhp more powerful than the standard GTI.
The engine produces torque of 400Nm, that is 30Nm more than the sibling - and there's still the VW Golf R to make an appearance.
The power is sent to the front wheels using a seven-speed dual-clutch DSG automatic transmission. There is no manual gearbox for the Clubsport.
This means that drivers can enjoy 0 to 62mph sprint time of less than six seconds, with the Clubsport going onto an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph.
The car offers a refined drive with a retuned chassis, and there's new electronic differential, so the engine’s power is delivered to the wheel that needs it most.
Fortunately, the new VW Golf GTI Clubsport also features larger brakes to help increase the stopping power.
The steering also been retuned and there are a number of driving modes to enjoy.
These will alter the steering, gearbox, the engine and the optional adaptive dampers accordingly to refine the drive.
VW has added the usual eco-, sport, comfort and individual settings, plus there's an extra offering - special.
Volkswagen says this offering has been tailored for the Nürburgring so drivers really can put the Clubsport through its paces.
The exterior has also been tweaked with some extra aerodynamic elements, including extended side skirts and a bigger rear wing. There's also a new rear diffuser.
Along with Clubsport graphics being added to the exterior, there are large, oval exhaust tips fitted.
The Clubsport comes with 18-inch wheels as standard with the upholstered sports featuring a perforated leather trim - red stitching is an option.
Volkswagen is also fitting its digital cockpit as standard, along with ambient lighting and a 10-inch infotainment touchscreen with satnav and smartphone compatibility.
In other good news, the last version of the VW Golf GTI Clubsport was restricted to just 400 units, but this time around, VW says there's no cap on the production limit.
Essentially, if you want one of these excellent cars, then you can order one and expected it to be delivered.
Prices for the Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport are still to be confirmed – but it will make for an exciting car leasing vehicle - and the order books will open later this year.
Green Cars’ is the term used for zero, low and ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs) - with pressure being applied to lower global emission levels, the need for “eco-friendly” vehicles is on the rise. Many countries now have plans in place to abolish the use of combustion engines before the turn of the century and so more and more vehicles we see on the roads will be Electric, hybrid or very low emission petrol and diesels.
Although beneficial to the environment, ‘Green Cars’ are also beneficial from a taxation view. The lower a vehicle’s emissions banding, the lower the taxation placed against it. Many manufacturers have tapped in to this ever-growing market with their own offerings, however, Volvo were the first manufacturer to state that every one of their models will be either electric or hybrid options from 2019.