The Honda Civic Type R (and the Renault Megane RS Trophy RS-R) better watch their rearview mirrors the next time they're doing rounds at the infamous Nurburgring Nordschleife. That's because Volkswagen recently unveiled its most powerful Golf GTI to date.
This is the 2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport, and it's now the most powerful model in the latest generation of the GTI. Powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, the GTI Clubsport cranks out an impressive 300 PS along with a healthy 400 Nm of torque. Power is then sent to a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox that drives the front wheels.
So it makes the same power as much as the Civic Type R, as well as the Megane RS Trophy RS-R. But what makes this Golf GTI Clubsport unique is a driving mode that's specifically made for the Nurburgring.
Simply called 'Special', this particular driving mode softens the suspension than Sport Mode. Now while it may seem counter-intuitive, the softer suspension will actually help the driver while in the 'Ring since the Green Hell is notorious for its undulating surface. Whereas a stiffer ride could mean the driver will have difficulty in managing the car, the Special Driving Mode will help drivers keep the Golf GTI Clubsport manageable through the turns.
Also helping the Golf Clubsport GTI keep itself planted to the pavement is a lowered suspension that makes it sit 15mm lower than a standard GTI, increased positive camber at the front axle, an upgraded Vehicle Dynamics Manager, a locking front differential, as well as adaptive dampers. With all of these in play, Volkswagen says it makes the hot hatch respond faster to steering input and eliminates understeer.
As far as looks are concerned, this is perhaps the most intimidating Golf GTI Clubsport yet. With its honeycomb mesh front grille, revised front bumper and rear spoiler design, specially-made rear diffuser, and wider side sills, the Golf GTI Clubsport is not only aerodynamic but also produces plenty of downforces. As an added touch, the Clubsport rolls on stylish 18-inch alloy wheels wrapped in low-profile tires.
Over to the cabin itself, the GTI Clubsport gets the usual sporty GTI aesthetics that make it have a youthful and aggressive vibe. Unique only to this particular model however are ArtVelours sport seats, a sports steering wheel with leather wrapping, and aluminum-look pedals. Clearly, this Golf GTI is not only a looker but also quite the performer as well.
Volkswagen did not mention just how much this thing will cost. But if you're looking for a hot hatch that can handle even the roughest of roads with ease, there's no other car than the GTI Clubsport. Now the only question is, will Volkswagen Philippines be accepting any orders for this?