VW Golf VII GTI Clubsport
The seventh generation of the Volkswagen Golf is a C-Segment car launched at the 2012 Paris Motor Show, based on the new MQB platform. The car received a facelift in 2016 with various mechanical and visual updates.
The VW Golf VII GTI Clubsport was a limited edition of the Golf GTI launched at the 2015 International Motor Show (IAA), to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the series. The 2.0 liter TSI turbocharged direct-injection engine in the anniversary model delivered an output of 265 hp (195 kW) while for about 10 seconds each time – the driver could increase engine power by an additional 10 per cent to over 290 hp, using a boost function by kicking down the accelerator. The Clubsport was fitted with either a 6 speed manual or a 6 speed DSG gearbox, accelerating from 0-100 km/h in 6,0 seconds and 5,9 seconds respectively, while the top speed was 250 km/h (155 mph). Other modifications included a specific suspension setting, redesigned aerodynamics for better downforce and larger brakes.
Visually, the Clubsport was distinguished by a redesigned front bumper, new side sills, new rear diffuser, larger crome plated twin tailpipes, tinted LED tailights, a multi-part roof spoiler, high gloss black roof and mirror caps, as well as exclusive 18 inch forged alloy wheels. Inside the sport seats featured racing bucket seats instead of sport seats partially covered with Alcantara, new trim strips in “Honeycomb 40” design, Alcantara trim on the gear lever, new lenses on the gear knob, Alcantara sport steering wheel, customised floor mats with red edging and stainless steel door sill plates with red GTI lettering.
The VW Golf VII GTI Clubsport S launched at the 2016 GTI event at Lake Wörthersee as the most powerful version of the Golf GTI, celebrating the 40 year anniversary from the launch of the original. It was available only in 400 units, exclusively as a three door hatchback. With German racing driver Benny Leuchter (28) at the wheel, the car broke the lap record for front-wheel-drive production cars on the Nürburgring Nordschleife, with a time of 7 minutes, 49.21 seconds. The 2.0 liter TSI engine produced 310 hp (228 kw) and 380 Nm of torque thanks to a modified engine control unit and a new exhaust system. The car accelerated from 0-100 km/h in 5,8 seconds and could reach a top speed of 260 km/h (162 mph). Weight saving measures included the elimination of the rear seats and the central armrest, a smaller battery, as well as doing without insulation, the variable-height trunk floor, the rear parcel shelf, and the floor mats. An aluminium subframe for the front suspension and aluminium brake covers also shed weight. On the other hand, 235/35 ZR Michelin tyres mounted on 19-inch “Pretoria” aluminium-alloy wheels, a strut brace, a partition net behind the seats and a carpet in the rear add some of that saving back, for a total weight reduction of approximately 30 kg in comparison to a similarly equipped Golf GTI Clubsport. The brake system was also modified to withstand the high temperatures inflicted at a racetrack with aluminium disc bells, aluminium brake covers and special brake pads. Other important elements included the XDS+ system, electronically controlled, torque-sensing limited slip differential, the Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC) and the ESC Sport function.
Visually, the Clubsport S featured the same aero bodykit with the Clubport, but came with semi-slick Michelin Sport Cup 2 tires mounted on 19-inch “Pretoria” alloy wheels, tinted rear windows that absorb 65 percent of the light, “Clubsport S” type plates, Bi-Xenon headlights with cornering lights and LED daytime running lights. Inside the car featured racing bucket seats, Alcantara trimmed sport steering wheel, golf ball shifter knob, Honeycomb 40 design decals and the production number on the center console. In order to save weight the Clubsport S didn’t have rear seats.
VW Golf VII GTI Clubsport
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