Written by Daniel Andzhurov – March 08, 2021
Reviewed by Asaf Kedem
The VW Golf GTI came to life in the summer of 1976 as a sport version of the standard Golf. Initially, only 5000 pieces had been planned, however, now there are more than 2 million GTIs around the world. That is 40 000% more than expected. Surprisingly enough for the automaker, the Golf GTI has turned out to be the hottest hatch in the world. Now, Volkswagen celebrates the 45th birthday of its iconic model with an exclusive production vehicle: Golf GTI Clubsport 45.
The pre-orders in some selected European countries have started on the 1st of March and the base price in Germany starts from €47,790. In comparison, the standard Golf 7 GTI starts from €24,000.
The Clubsport 45 offers a wider range of individual equipment than ever before. The exterior design impresses with the exclusive black lacquer finish of the roof, combined with a black spoiler in the rear. The Race equipment package, which is an integral part of the anniversary Golf GTI Clubsport 45 and is available exclusively with it, includes 19-inch Scottsdale alloy wheels with a black glossy lacquer finish and a thin decorative strip in Tornado Red in the circumference. The Race package also includes a sports exhaust system and the removal of the electronic maximum speed limit (the maximum speed of the Clubsport version is limited to 250 km/h). The Clubsport 45 series also includes a matrix system IQ. Light (Intelligent Assistance System) of the LED headlights comes with a red decorative stripe, which has long been a feature of all versions of the GTI.
The interior of the anniversary model also features a number of other classic and iconic GTI details, such as the GTI inscriptions on the backrests of the first-class sports seats at the front. The emblem with the number "45" on the central spike adds a characteristic accent to the design of the multifunctional sports steering wheel.
The vehicle uses a TSI (Turbocharged Stratified Injection) engine with some custom-made changes and an increased power output of 55hp when in “Special” mode. Some of the accents in the formation of the Clubsport 45 include: larger front air vents (providing a more intense flow of fresh air to the TSI) and a specially developed sports exhaust system.
The final numbers, indicating the performance of this special vehicle, are:
Auto Trendy’s take:
The word Volkswagen means “People’s car” in German and it was originally made to serve the people and to be affordable to them. In the beginning, all the company’s cars were made for the average person, however, the quality development of the company’s vehicles eventually led to higher level editions, such as the GTI. For us, at Auto Trendy, the moral of the story is that when you do something with a good intention, you achieve more than you have planned for. The VW Golf GTI Clubsport 45, on the other hand, is more than we had wished for. It is something special!