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.
This manic Golf is powered by a boosted version of the current 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine. Power output increases from an already impressive 162kW of power on the regular GTI, or 169kW on the GTI Performance, to 195kW. That figure jumps even higher to 213kW of power for around 10 seconds courtesy of an overboost feature.
The front-drive Golf GTI 40 Years still falls just short of the AWD Golf R and its 2.0-litre's 206kW punch, when overboost is not applied.
Torque output is the familiar 350Nm during normal driving but then jumps to 380Nm during the 10 second overboost feature. Buyers will also be pleased to hear that Australia will get the full fruit version and it won't be detuned to meet local conditions like some VAG products.
"The GTI is obviously a very popular model for us. In Australia we love our performance cars. From our mind, it was always something we wanted to carry. Obviously overseas it's called a Clubsport, but in Australia we already have a fairly popular car called the Clubsport," said Volkswagen Australia public relations manager Kurt McGuiness.
"So these guys have worked with Germany and will be offering the Golf GTI 40 Years instead of the Clubsport and that will be a unique model to our market and will carry unique features and specifications. It will be the fastest GTI we've ever sold.
"It will be a special model, so we will have a run of that car. In terms of numbers and how many we carry, we're not sure yet."
While the Golf GTI Clubsport was released as a three-door only, Australia will receive the five-door version when it goes on sale locally.
The Golf GTI 40 Years can be told apart from a regular GTI courtesy of huge black gills and intake on the front, black lining on the sides and back along with a black roof-mounted spoiler.
19-inch alloy wheels join body hugging seats inside the cabin along with bespoke GTI 40 Years insignia throughout the cabin.
In terms of pricing and specifications, Volkswagen Australia still hasn't determined a figure or fit for the market, but assures CarAdvice that it will be unique to our market.
"It'll be within our current pricing strategy. It will have a lot of unique features," said McGuiness.
"It has a lot performance applications. It's obviously front-wheel drive and you get a limited-slip differential — that's important — and the extra power. I would say this is the perfect car that is a road-driving track car."
Do you like the Volkswagen Golf 40 Years/Clubsport? Would this manic front-wheel drive hot-hatch be on your shopping list?