Volkswagen launched a sporty version of the Golf, the GTI, in the summer of 1976. Nobody imagined it would become the most successful sports compact in the world; and instead its 5,000 units initially planned, today have become well over 2.3 million.
The VW icon today celebrates its 45th birthday and for the occasion Volkswagen has created a special series: the Golf GTI Clubsport 45, based on the 300 HP GTI Clubsport. It is available in Italy at the list price of 51.900 euro, the Italian range of the Golf GTI also expands with the introduction to the price list of the 245 HP version with manual gearbox, at a price of 39,450 euros.
There are many technical elements that differentiate the Clubsport 45 from the standard GTI, starting with the 2.0 TSI engine that delivers 55 HP more and the Special mode, dedicated to driving on the track. Regarding aesthetics, the Clubsport 45 stands out for its enlarged air intakes, for the sports rear wing with a specific design that optimizes flows and for the Akrapovič titanium sports exhaust system with two separate outlets.
The customization of the special edition also includes the black roof with the rear wing of the same color, a tribute to the black tailgate of the first GTI. As standard, the Race package includes 19 ” Scottsdale alloy wheels in gloss black with red piping, sports exhaust system and the removal of the top speed limiter that allows the car to travel up to 270 km / h.
The Clubsport 45 celebrates the 45th birthday of the Golf GTI, the 45 logo on the lower part of the side identifies the special series and underlines its sporty character; it is equipped as standard with IQ.Light LED Matrix front headlights with the red finish typical of the GTI. It boasts aesthetic elements typically GTI, the three letters are shown on the backrests of the Premium Sport front seats, the “45” logo on the central spoke of the steering wheel. From a technical point of view, the Clubsport 45 arises at the top of the eighth generation Golf GTI.
L’auto monta motor turbo 2.0 TSI EA888 evo4 series capable of delivering 300 hp / 221 kW and 400 Nm of maximum torque, associated with the 7-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission. The GTI sprints from 0 to 100 km / h in 5.6 seconds. With the Clubsport 45, Volkswagen is writing a new chapter in the history of the ultra-high-performance versions of the GTI, the first Clubsport was launched in 2016, on the occasion of the 40th birthday of the Golf GTI, the same year in which the Golf GTI Clubsport S, version extreme two-seater and 310 hp.
Source: Virgilio Motori by motori.virgilio.it.
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