VW marks Golfing GTI’s 45th birthday with 296-hp exclusive version

It was in 1976 that the 1st Volkswagen Golf GTI went on sale, and now VW is celebrating the 45th anniversary of the nameplate with a particular-edition model based on the most recent eighth-technology GTI.

The new GTI nonetheless isn’t on sale in the United States it comes right here in the 2nd fifty percent of the 12 months as a 2022 model. On the other hand, it really is been readily available somewhere else for the past yr and in some marketplaces is supplied in substantial-general performance Clubsport guise.

It truly is this Clubsport model that types the basis of the particular anniversary model recognised as the Golf GTI Clubsport 45. VW started accepting reservations for the distinctive model in pick out markets in Europe on March 1 and has priced it at 47,790 euros (roughly $57,250).

2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport 45

2021 Volkswagen Golfing GTI Clubsport 45

Unique touches contain a black roof and spoiler as a nod to the black-framed rear window of the first GTI. The 19-inch wheels, which are ordinarily part of the GTI’s offered Race bundle, also feature crimson accents. A number of “45” markings are also discovered all over the exterior. Additional “45” markings are observed inside, alongside one another with the exact GTI symbol applied on the original automobile.

Even though the 2.-liter turbocharged inline-4 powering the typical GTI can make 242 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque, the similar motor in the Clubsport, which include this Clubsport 45, is dishing out 296 hp and 295 lb-ft. Electricity is to the front wheels only, by way of a 7-speed twin-clutch transmission. That isn’t really the situation with the typical GTI which is offered with a 6-pace manual as an option to the DCT.

The previous GTI Clubsport was not launched in the United States and the identical is very likely genuine for the new technology, which usually means you can find minimal prospect of the Clubsport 45 specific edition producing it around. Community customers searching for a spicier GTI will have to decide for the new Golf R. It also comes here this year and packs as much as 315 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque.