In conjunction with the Golf GTI’s 45th anniversary, Volkswagen has unveiled a rather special model – the Golf GTI Clubsport 45. The exclusive edition of the 300 PS Golf GTI Clubsport comes with various individualisation which makes it a ready-made collector’s item, even as new.
Priced from 47,790 euros in Germany, the Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport 45 features larger air intakes, a specially designed open roof spoiler, and a separate sport exhaust system.
The exterior boasts a striking black roof complete with black roof spoiler, in homage to the black-framed rear window of the first Golf GTI. With the Race package, which is available as standard and exclusive to the Golf GTI Clubsport 45, equipment includes 19-inch Scottsdale alloy wheels in a high-gloss black finish, with a narrow accent pinstripe detail in Tornado Red.
The Race package also includes a sport exhaust system and removal of the Vmax limiter (otherwise top speed is limited to 250 km/h). Lettering on the side sill panel and the “45” added to the lettering on the boot lid underpin the impression of dynamism. The Clubsport 45 series also features IQ.Light LED matrix headlights with the red trim strip which is included on all GTIs.
The interior of the anniversary model also showcases classic GTI insignia. Embellishments include GTI lettering on the backrests of the front premium sport seats. A “45” adds character to the multi-function sport steering wheel at the centre spoke (at 6 o’clock).
With the new Golf GTI Clubsport 45, Volkswagen is adding a new chapter to the high- performance GTI versions released: The original Golf GTI Clubsport was launched in 2016, on the 40th birthday of the cult sports car.
The Clubsport Series
That first member of the Clubsport series achieved 265 PS and could temporarily deliver 290 PS using a boost function. That same year also saw the arrival of the Golf GTI Clubsport S, which had a constantly attainable maximum performance of 310 PS.
In autumn 2020 Volkswagen released the new Golf GTI Clubsport, a car which featured the first- ever instance of the standard electromechanical front-axle locking differential control being integrated into the driving dynamics manager network – as does the newly launched Clubsport 45. This intelligent connection sets a new benchmark in driving dynamics.
To recap, Volkswagen launched the first ever Golf GTI in mid-1976. According to Volkswagen, no one at the company had any idea that the Golf GTI would eventually become one of the world’s most successful compact sports cars.
But that is exactly what happened – from production of the 5,000 vehicles that were originally planned to well in excess of 2.3 million today.
Volkswagen just celebrated the world premiere of the new Golf R yesterday.
This time round, the Golf R is not only the most powerful Golf ever produced, but will also be the first Volkswagen to feature the company’s new all-wheel drive system called the 4MOTION with R-Performance Torque Vectoring.
Powered by a tweaked version of the existing EA 888 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine that makes 315 hp and 420 Nm of torque, the new Golf R tops everything that has been launched with the Golf label up to now. In terms of transmission, owners can choose between a six-speed manual and a seven-speed DSG dual-clutch gearbox.
Thanks to the powertrain package, the new Golf R accelerates to 100 km/h in just 4.7 seconds, and achieves a top speed that is electronically limited to 250 km/h. However, the Golf R can also be ordered with an optional R-Performance package, which enables the top speed to be increased to 270 km/h.
The new all-wheel drive system and high-tech running gear merge to create a host of innovations, offering maximum agility and driving pleasure. The 4MOTION system with R-Performance Torque Vectoring is the new control centre that distributes the engine’s output to the four driven wheels.
A new rear final drive distributes the drive power of the turbocharged petrol engine in the Golf R not just between the front and rear axles, but also variably between the two rear wheels. This makes it possible to significantly increase the agility particularly when cornering.
As a world first, the all-wheel drive is also networked via a Vehicle Dynamics Manager (VDM) with other running gear systems such the electronic differential locks (XDS) and adaptive chassis control DCC.
By the way, the new Golf R’s setup was fine-tuned on the Nürburgring Nordschleife. When combined with the R-Performance package, the Golf R even comes with a dedicated Nürburgring driving profile, known as “Special”.
There is also a “Drift” mode now, something that was never offered in the Golf range before this. In case you’re wondering, the new Golf R is up to 19 seconds quicker per lap around Nürburgring Nordschleife than its predecessor (07:51 minutes).
On the exterior, key features include a sporty front bumper with integrated splitters, blue brake calipers, new and larger brake discs than before, ride height that is 20 mm lower than the standard Golf, Akrapovic exhausts, a rear diffuser, 19-inch wheels, and of course, the “R” division’s new emblem.
Inside, there is a generous dose of Nappa upholstery, Carbon Fibre elements, “R” emblem everywhere, a sports steering with an “R” button to choose between driving modes, a 30-colour ambient lighting system, as well as a 10-inch Discover Pro touchscreen infotainment system and Volkswagen’s Digital Cockpit.
Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia (VPCM) have announced a reduction on the prices of its models of up to RM9,484, following the announcement on the sales tax exemption.
This adjustment will take effect on the 15th June till 31st December 2020.
With the sales tax exemption, customers can expect savings of up to RM3,881 on the Tiguan, RM6,133 on the Passat, and RM4,884 on the Golf R-Line.
While the list of locally assembled Volkswagen models comprises the Polo, Vento, Tiguan, and Passat, the Golf family, consisting of the R-Line, GTI and R, are fully imported.
Below are the updated prices of all Volkswagen model:
Erik Winter, Managing Director of VPCM welcomes this sales tax exemption as beneficial for car buyers at the end of the day. “We are always working towards making German engineering affordable to Malaysians. This good news translates to more savings for car buyers and offers a much-needed boost to the automotive sector made that has been dormant during the Movement Control Order.”
On top of the price reduction, customers can continue to enjoy ongoing promotions and services at Volkswagen, such as 6-months free instalment for Tiguan units registered by the 30th June, online rebates exclusive on the Volkswagen eShowroom, and free home delivery services.
All Volkswagen models come with 3-years free maintenance, 5-years manufacturer’s warranty and 5-years roadside assistance.