40th Anniversary 2016 Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport
For those about to turn 40 next year, the good news is you share a birthday with the highly popular Volkswagen Golf GTI. We can only wish you celebrate like VW does, as a new model was revealed at Worthersee this year which proved to not be just another concept, but a near-production model. The 40th Anniversary 2016 Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport may not look too vastly different from the 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI we already have on the market, but it’s what’s under the hood that counts.
The biggest news delivered, so far, about the 2016 VW Golf GTI Clubsport is the engine, which is the same turbo-four found in the current GTI, only maxed out to serve up much more power. For those of you who don’t know the GTI specs right off the top of your head, the current model year has 210 horsepower with an available performance package which ups it to 220 horsepower. These numbers may sound impressive compared to the 2015 Volkswagen Golf, but the new Clubsport GTI would leave the 2015 model in its dust with horsepower maxing out at 261.
Did we say maxing out? Well, that’s not actually true, as the Clubsport also has a feature that seems to come straight out of a drag-racing movie. The boost function is said to increase the horsepower by as much as 10-percent, which would mean a temporary “boost” up to 287 horsepower. It still won’t be racing against the 2015 Volkswagen Golf R anytime soon, but it’s definitely enough to impress loyal GTI fans. Especially if the special edition doesn’t reach up to Golf R prices.
So how about that U.S. Release Date?
With all the hype over the 2016 Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport, there’s one bit of news that’s noticeably absent. That’s right, there’s no word on a U.S. release date. Worse than no news is the history Volkswagen has with the relationship between special editions and the American automotive market. It seems the 20th, 30th and 35th anniversaries of the Golf GTI all saw special releases, and not one made it to America. We like to think our fans here are pretty intense, but that doesn’t mean the effort to make a limited model available in a country with incompatible safety standards is worth it to Volkswagen. It’s more than just a matter of adding a part here and there, which often means we miss out.
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Nothing is certain in life and we won’t know much more about the Clubsport until closer to its release date in Europe, which is set for early 2016. Stay tuned here at the Volkswagen of Springfield Blog for more updates and other VW news.