2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport – UK Version


2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport – UK Version

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  2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport – UK Version

With the world premiere of the new Golf GTI Clubsport, Volkswagen is writing the next chapter of the never-ending Golf story. The Clubsport has a power output of 221 kW (300 PS) and is the new flagship model of the eighth Golf GTI generation. The additional power compared with the classic Golf GTI2 is 41 kW (55 PS). Volkswagen is continuing the tradition of high-performance GTI models with the new Golf GTI Clubsport: The first Golf GTI Clubsport3 was launched in 2016 on the 40th birthday of the iconic sports car. The number one in the Clubsport series developed 195 kW (265 PS) and temporarily delivered 213 kW (290 PS) using a boost function. This car was followed in the same year by the Golf GTI Clubsport S3 in a limited edition of 400 units with a continuously available output of 228 kW (310 PS). Racing driver Benjamin Leuchter set a new lap record for front-wheel-drive cars on the Nürburgring Nordschleife with the Golf GTI Clubsport S in May 2016. The time: 07:49:21 minutes. The new Golf GTI Clubsport now being launched is positioned between the first Clubsport and the Clubsport S with its output of 300 PS. The technical progress incorporated into the vehicle makes it stand out – an enhanced engine and the newly tuned running gear, which is fully connected for the first time, make the new Golf GTI Clubsport one of the world’s best front-wheel-drive sports cars. You can find more visual details of the 2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport – UK Version gallery by scrolling up.

2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport - UK Version

EA888 evo.

The turbocharged engine in the Golf GTI Clubsport is based on the TSI series EA888 evo4 – compared with the predecessor (EA888 evo3), this engine offers an even more agile response and increased efficiency.

Vehicle Dynamics Manager.

The running gear has been completely reconfigured and features significant enhancements: in the 245 PS GTI, the new Vehicle Dynamics Manager already closely integrates control of the electronic differential locks (XDS) and the lateral dynamics components of the optional adaptive chassis control DCC. And this offers noticeable performance benefits. In the new Golf GTI Clubsport, the standard electromechanical front-axle locking differential is now included in the Vehicle Dynamics Manager’s network for the first time. This intelligent network defines a new benchmark for front-wheel-drive sports cars.

Statement by the running gear engineer.

Karsten Schebsdat, Head of Driving Dynamics, Steering and Control Systems at Volkswagen: “Networking all driving dynamics systems means that the new Golf GTI Clubsport handles even more neutrally and precisely than the classic Golf GTI. For the legendary Nordschleife, we have also exclusively programmed an activatable Special profile, which specifically adapts the running gear components of the new Golf GTI Clubsport to this race track.”

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2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport - UK Version

The racing driver’s assessment.

Benjamin Leuchter played an important part in testing and configuring the new Golf GTI Clubsport on the Nürburgring: “The car has a quite unique character. Compared to the predecessor, it is possible to drive much faster into corners. This is due to the new axle kinematics with a significantly increased camber on the front axle, networking of the front-axle locking differential with the Vehicle Dynamics Manager, and a generally sharper running gear setup.” The racing driver adds: “What is more, when accelerating out of a bend, you now have the advantage that propulsion is improved due to the much higher power. Thanks to the networking of the front-axle locking differential with the Vehicle Dynamics Manager, the driver is also able to transfer this additional power to the track.” At the same time, a new, larger 18-inch brake system also further improves on the superior braking characteristics already offered by the 245 PS GTI. In addition, new front and rear spoilers reduce lift and thus optimise the agility, steering responsiveness, driving dynamics and stability at high speeds.

Measurable key dynamic data.

The new Golf GTI Clubsport accelerates to 100 km/h in under 6 seconds; the top speed is capped at 250 km/h.

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