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.

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Those figures put it well clear of the 162kW of the regular Golf GTI and the GTI Performance’s uprated 169kW output. It’s also more powerful than the 206kW hot-weather engine tune of the all-wheel-drive Golf R sold in Australia, and within a whisker of the R’s 221kW output in overseas markets.

There’s no word on the concept’s torque output at this stage, suggesting it’s likely to match the 350Nm of the existing GTI and Performance versions.

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Volkswagen remains coy on the uprated car’s performance claims, though the extra power should see it improve on the 6.4-second 0-100km/h time of the GTI Performance.

Power will be sent to the front wheels via a six-speed dual-clutch DSG transmission, while a six-speed manual transmission is also tipped to feature in the production model.

The Clubsport concept at Worthersee gets a sporty body kit with triangular intakes, aggressive black blades and a lower splitter at the front, black mirror caps and lower graphics along the side panels, bespoke 19-inch alloy wheels, and a rooftop spoiler and reworked bumper at the rear.

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CarAdvice has contacted Volkswagen Australia to see if it plans to offer the new anniversary model in our market.

The local division sold the most recent anniversary model, the Golf GTI Edition 35, which was priced from $43,490 plus on-road costs. The current GTI Performance costs $48,490, while the Golf R starts at $52,740.