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The Golf GTi is one of life’s constants – it’s fast, handles really well, has a great quality interior, has understated yet sporty look and is classless – you could pull up outside the Dorchester or McDonalds and it wouldn’t look out of place.
But it now sits at the bottom of the Golf’s performance tree, with the R above it. But what if you want some thrilling hot Golf action without the AWD? Well VW has the answer…
Because this is the Golf GTi Clubsport, sitting between the GTi and R and offering a more finely tuned, honed, rawer experience. But VW also brings out special editions every 5yrs and this 45th Edition to mark 45yrs of the Golf GTi is based on the Clubsport - so this is what we're offering this week.
The same GTi basics are there – the 2.0 litre turbocharger 4-cylinder engine is the same but turned up to 296bhp and 400Nm of torque, and that power goes to the front wheels via the brilliant 7-spd DSG dual clutch automatic gearbox and an electronic diff.
There are upgraded and lighter brakes and a retuned suspension setup for a more focused drive and thankfully there’s even a fruitier exhaust note.
Visually the Clubsport 45 gets the most aggressive nose yet, with a deep chin spoiler and large intakes with extra ducting and the removal of the GTi’s foglights. At the rear there’s a larger matte black spoiler and diffuser with two black oval exhaust pipes, and at the sides some subtle graphics. The Matrix LED headlights have a red flash in them, and there is a unique set of 19-inch alloy wheels in black with a red pinstripe.
The '45' also brings with it the Race package as standard, which has an Akrapovic exhaust and removes the 155 top speed limiter. There are '45' badges inside and out and there are only a limited number being produced.
The GTi to have and you could win one this week in the BOTB Midweek Car Competition!
This car comes with £20,000 cash included in the price of your ticket.