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2017 Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport S breaks front-drive Nurburgring lap record

The special edition Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport S has recorded a sub-7min50sec lap of Germany's infamous Nurburgring Nordschleife, making it the fastest front-wheel-drive production car to lap the 20.83-kilometre circuit...

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2017 Volkswagen GTI Clubsport S in, Golf R400 reportedly out
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2017 Volkswagen GTI Clubsport S in, Golf R400 reportedly out

The powered-up Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport, which is on its way to Australia as the GTI 40 Years Edition, will soon be outclassed by an even more powerful special. The new limited-edition model will be known as the GTI Clubsport S, and fans will get their first look at the annual Wörthersee GTI-Treffen (“meeting”) in Austria next month...


2016 Volkswagen Golf GTI Performance Review
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2016 Volkswagen Golf GTI Performance Review

Adding the Performance Pack to the already potent GTI platform edges the Volkswagen Golf even closer to the top-spec R model and makes it the most well-rounded hot-hatch on the market...


Peugeot 308 GTi 270 v Volkswagen Golf GTI Performance Comparison
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Peugeot 308 GTi 270 v Volkswagen Golf GTI Performance Comparison

How does Peugeot's wicked new 308 GTi 270 flagship hot hatch fare against the established might of Volkswagen's GTI Performance edition? We hit the twisty back-roads to find out.


2016 Volkswagen Golf GTI 40 Years pricing and specifications: $48,990 flagship here from June
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2016 Volkswagen Golf GTI 40 Years pricing and specifications: $48,990 flagship here from June

The extra-powerful and extra-special 2016 Volkswagen Golf GTI 40 Years edition is nearing its Australian launch, and today the car maker has handed down details on what we can expect when it arrives in June. Celebrating the GTI hero’s 40th birthday, this new variant was revealed in September last year with the GTI Clubsport badge...


Skoda Octavia RS sales steamrolling along
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Skoda Octavia RS sales steamrolling along

The Skoda Octavia RS, dubbed by many as a kind of 'clever person’s practical performance car', is no longer one of the Australian car market’s best-kept secrets. That’s because Skoda Australia shared some of its internal sales figures with us today, with the key standout being the fact that the hotted-up petrol and diesel versions of the Octavia were its single top-selling models...


Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR race car revealed
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Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR race car revealed

The Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR was unveiled overnight and this race-ready Golf been specially developed for the TCR International touring car series, as well as the numerous regional series that employ the same rules. This racing version of the Volkswagen Golf is based on the road-going GTI model...


Volkswagen Golf Clubsport coming to Australia: 'Golf GTI 40 Years' to be most powerful GTI ever, from mid-year
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Volkswagen Golf Clubsport coming to Australia: 'Golf GTI 40 Years' to be most powerful GTI ever, from mid-year

Volkswagen today confirmed to CarAdvice that it will bring the five-door Golf Clubsport, the most powerful Golf GTI ever, to Australia around mid year. But as the Clubsport nameplate is currently used by Holden Special Vehicles (HSV), the Golf Clubsport will be called the 'Golf GTI 40 Years' locally when it goes on sale here around mid-year...


Peugeot Australia "extremely happy" with sub-$45-$50k 308 GTi pricing
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Peugeot Australia "extremely happy" with sub-$45-$50k 308 GTi pricing

Despite pricing for the new Peugeot 308 GTi raising eyebrows when announced less than four weeks ago, the French brand's local distributor says the final figures are better than originally expected. Speaking to CarAdvice at this week’s Peugeot 308 GTi ‘preview’ drive in Sydney, the public relations and communications manager for Sime Darby Motors Group – Peugeot’s Australian distributor - Tyson Bowen, said the group is pleased with the two-model range's $44,990 to $49,990 pricing...


Volkswagen rules out cut-price sports car
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Volkswagen rules out cut-price sports car

German manufacturer Volkswagen will not offer a small sports car to rival the likes of the Toyota 86, Subaru BRZ and Mazda MX-5. The brand had played on the idea of a two-seat sports car in the past, and indeed developed a concept model, the Volkswagen BlueSport concept, in 2009...


Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport goes official to celebrate 40th anniversary - UPDATE
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Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport goes official to celebrate 40th anniversary - UPDATE

When Volkswagen revealed its extra-hot Golf GTI Clubsport in May and called it a concept, fans might have expected a few changes before any leap to production. Not so, it turns out. Today, the German carmaker has revealed the final showroom version of that so-called ‘concept’, and you’d be hard pressed to spot the difference...


Volkswagen Golf TCR racing prototype revealed, 2016 launch planned
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Volkswagen Golf TCR racing prototype revealed, 2016 launch planned

While we wait for the promised and hotly anticipated production version of Volkswagen’s Golf R 400 concept, here’s something else to drool over: the Golf TCR racing prototype. Let’s cover some basics: 243kW and 410Nm of torque, front-wheel-drive (yes, front-wheel-drive), an enhanced six-speed DSG transmission and… look, loads of other track-specific tweaks...


Volkswagen Golf GTI Dark Shine lights up Worthersee
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Volkswagen Golf GTI Dark Shine lights up Worthersee

Thirteen apprentices from Volkswagen’s Wolfsburg facility and group company Sitech Sitztechnik have collaborated to produce the one-off Volkswagen Golf GTI Dark Shine that debuted today at the Worthersee festival in Austria. The Dark Shine concept unveiled today at the Worthersee festival in Austria started life nine months ago as a body-in-white three-door Golf GTI Performance hot-hatch...


Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport concept previews anniversary edition
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Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport concept previews anniversary edition

Fresh images of the Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport concept have been released, giving us our clearest idea yet of what to expect from the 40th anniversary Golf GTI special edition that’s set to be released in 2016. Today’s images come less than 48 hours after Volkswagen initially released a pair of design sketches of the Golf GTI Clubsport concept, which is making its debut at this week’s Worthersee festival in Austria...


Volkswagen Golf GTI : 214kW Clubsport concept previews 40th anniversary edition
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Volkswagen Golf GTI : 214kW Clubsport concept previews 40th anniversary edition

Volkswagen has given us an early taste of next year’s 40th anniversary Golf GTI special edition by unveiling of the Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport concept at the Worthersee festival in Austria. The 2016 Volkswagen Golf GTI 40th anniversary edition is set to become the most powerful GTI since the iconic nameplate’s launch in 1976...


Volkswagen Golf GTI v Peugeot 308 GT v Alfa Romeo Giulietta QV : Five-door hot-hatch comparison
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Volkswagen Golf GTI v Peugeot 308 GT v Alfa Romeo Giulietta QV : Five-door hot-hatch comparison

The term ‘hot-hatch’ is commonly used to describe a hatchback that straddles the line between performance and practicality. Some skew closer to performance than practicality, while others veer the other way. What happens when you have Volkswagen Golf GTI money, though, but don’t necessarily want to blend in with the tartan-clad German crowd? That’s where the French Peugeot 308 GT and Italian Alfa Romeo Giulietta QV step in...


Volkswagen GTI Supersport Vision Gran Turismo debuts online
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Volkswagen GTI Supersport Vision Gran Turismo debuts online

The Volkswagen GTI Supersport Vision Gran Turismo is latest in a series of online sports cars designed to celebrate Gran Turismo's 15th anniversary on the PlayStation gaming platform. Under the hood lies a turbocharged iteration of Volkswagen's narrow-angle VR6 engine. For the GTI Supersport, this motor is said to develop 375kW of power and 665Nm of torque...


Volkswagen Golf GTI gearbox comparison : Manual v DSG
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Volkswagen Golf GTI gearbox comparison : Manual v DSG

The Volkswagen Golf GTI is currently, and has long been, one of the best and most popular examples of the hot-hatch formula – as much as many would like to argue the point. With its front-wheel-drive layout, punchy engine and compact dimensions, the Mk7 Volkswagen Golf GTI is not only supremely competent, it’s also vastly entertaining...


Hit or Miss: Special edition cars - Part 1
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Hit or Miss: Special edition cars - Part 1

Carla Zampatti Ford Laser While Carla Zampatti made her mark in the fashion industry as a talented designer, in the car industry her impact was unfortunately more like a stain. Zampatti partnered with Ford Australia to create special edition versions of the KB and KC Laser. The first release came in 1985, and was followed up with a second collection including Meteor’s in 1987...


Volkswagen Golf GTI Wolfsburg Edition: A 279kW apprentice special for 2014 Wörthersee show
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Volkswagen Golf GTI Wolfsburg Edition: A 279kW apprentice special for 2014 Wörthersee show

The Volkswagen Golf GTI Wolfsburg Edition has been created by 12 VW apprentices for this year's Wörthersee festival. Starting with a Volkswagen Golf GTI Performance as its base, the apprentices have honed the car's looks and provided it with a lot more oomph. Under the bonnet there's a tuned version of the Golf R's 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine...