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Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport 45 marks hot hatch's anniversary

New 296bhp hot hatch gets unique styling and 'Race' package to mark 45 years since the original GTI launch

Volkswagen is celebrating 45 years of its venerable Golf GTI hot hatch with a new commemorative edition of the latest model.

It is the sixth such anniversary model the GTI has received in its lifetime, with Volkswagen having offered a similar conceived limited edition every five years since the Edition 20 in 1996.

Due on sale in the UK in April priced from slightly less than £40,000, the limited-run GTI Clubsport 45 is marked out with bespoke '45' branding, a contrasting black roof and matching rear wing - which, Volkswagen says, is a homage to the Mk1 GTI's black plastic rear spoiler.

Bespoke 19in 'Scottsdale' alloy wheels are painted black, with a narrow red pinstripe around the rim in tribute to historic GTI models, which wore a similar design for their front grilles.

Being a Clubsport, the special edition boosts output from its 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder to 296bhp and 295lb ft - from the standard GTI's 242bhp and 273lb ft - for a 0-62mph time of 5.6sec.


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More forbidden fruit? New VW Golf GTI Clubsport 45 'not planned' for SA

Volkswagen has officially unwrapped the new Golf 8 GTI Clubsport 45 (after images leaked early), though the special-edition model seems unlikely to make it to South Africa.

Conceived to celebrate 45 years of the GTI nameplate (yes, the original debuted back in 1976), the 45-badged model is described as an “exclusive edition” of the Golf GTI Clubsport featuring “extensive individualisation”.

Of course, back in October 2020, VW SA told us the Clubsport was not destined for local shores. And now the German firm's local arm has told CARmag.co.za the Clubsport 45 is "not currently planned for our market".

The newcomer uses the same powertrain as the Golf 8 GTI Clubsport on which it is based, with 221 kW and 400 N.m developed by the EA888 turbocharged 2,0-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine, directed to the front axle via a seven-speed DSG dual-clutch transmission. The result, according to the Wolfsburg-based firm, is a sprint from standstill to 100 km/h in “under six seconds” and an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h.

 

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Yooooohhhh what a beast. Would definitely love to own one of these. Do you think they’ll be at around the R800K mark when it lands here?

It's a pretty substantial price jump vs the 7.5 R.

It's seemingly likely hey.

Mat is clearly impressed.
 

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It's a pretty substantial price jump vs the 7.5 R.

It's seemingly likely hey.

Mat is clearly impressed.
Yeah. These dudes all love the R. Even Doug loved the 7.5 R. Pricing will be interesting though considering the M135i xDrive starts at R797K. Can’t wait to see how it goes.
 

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GTI probably closer to the 800k mark (after essential 'optional extras' added)
Now that would be a shocker because the supposed competitor BMW 128ti starts at R687K. Maybe R730K if well specced? I’m just curious to see how VW lays out their pricing.
 
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