VW Golf GTI Clubsport 45 (2021): This is new for the special model

Now it’s official: With the Golf GTI Clubsport 45 VW celebrates the 45th anniversary of a legend. In 1976 VW brought the first Golf GTI and has been a strong player in the field of compact sports cars ever since. For GTI numbers 4, 5 and 6, the anniversaries were celebrated with edition models. After number 7 went empty-handed, VW is returning to this tradition in the eighth generation. Of the Golf 8 GTI Clubsport 45 is from March 1, 2021 at the base price of 47,790 euros orderable. AUTO BILD explains what has changed in the special model!

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The basis is the GTI Clubsport with 300 PS

Not surprising based the GTI Clubsport 45 on the 300 hp GTI Clubsport included Seven-speed DSG, Front axle differential lock and des Nürburgring driving mode. First things first: Nothing has been changed on the two-liter four-cylinder. It remains at 300 hp and 400 Nm – that’s 55 hp and 30 Nm more than in the normal GTI. If you want even more power, you have to resort to the 320 hp Golf R with all-wheel drive, which is a bit more expensive with a base price of 49,260 euros. (The VW Golf 8 GTI Clubsport in the AUTO BILD test)

The Akrapovic exhaust system is part of the “Race Package” and can be recognized by the internally perforated tailpipes.

This is what distinguishes the special model from the GTI Clubsport

But back to the GTI Clubsport 45. The special model has a black painted roof including a rear spoiler and has several “45 logos”, for example on the side sills and the trunk lid. The most noticeable distinguishing feature, however, are the black ones 19 inch rims (Scottsdale) with red pinstripe. They belong to the ones offered exclusively for the special model “Race Package”, that in addition to the wheels also a Akrapovic exhaust system and a Vmax cancellation contains. The IQ.Light LED matrix headlights are also part of the standard equipment.

VW Golf 8 GTI Clubsport 45

Just small extra details in the interior: The “45” in the steering wheel bracket is new.

Base price of 47,790 euros

The changes in the interior are manageable. The sports seats have additional GTI logos, and another “45” is embedded in the steering wheel clasp. The Golf GTI Clubsport 45 can be ordered from March 1, 2021 at the base price of 47,790 euros. He’s good at that 6000 euros more expensive than the equally strong GTI Clubsport, which is available from dealers from 41,265 euros. This contrasts with the significantly improved equipment and the “Race Package” including Vmax cancellation, which is not available for standard club sport. So the bottom line is that the surcharge is okay. VW has not yet revealed when the first customer vehicles will be delivered.

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