The 2017 Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport S is the most commanding adaptation of the Golf GTI. It has been constructed to rejoice the 40 year-survival of the hot hatchback in the market. This exclusive 2017 model vehicle, which is derived from the Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport, makes its global debut at the 2016 GTI episode at Lake Wörthersee. The high-performance figures of this new GTI, such as higher power and torque outputs than the earlier models, enhanced acceleration, top speed, and higher towing capacity are really impressive. However, the raw figures do not tell the entire story because the record tour time about the Nordschleife shows how fast this sports hatch actually is.
2017 Volkswagen Golf GTI Redesign, Exterior
For the model year 2017, the VW Golf GTI 2017 comes with some external changes that not only establish it that it is an aggressive-looking hatch, but also a performance-oriented vehicle. It comes equipped with a set of Pretoria alloy wheels with the diameter of 19 inches. The wheels come enclosed with the 235/35 ZR sized Sport Cup 2 tires from Michelin in the front and at the back. The new Golf GTI comes equipped with tinted back windows that are capable of absorbing 65% of the light. Some of the other modified external elements include Clubsport S category plates, Bi-Xenon headlamps with turning lights and LED daylight running lights. Regarding the aerodynamics, Volkswagen was capable of drawing on the changes already applied in the Golf GTI Clubsport. Both the Clubsport S and the standard Clubsport models have completely novel front bumpers that perk up engine induction, front end aerodynamics, and the downforce.
At the rear, it comes equipped with a roof-edge spoiler, which has been perfected in the wind channel and is considerably larger that results in considerable amounts of supplementary rear downforce. In combination with a black diffuser at the back, this two-piece rear wing creates additional downforce on the back axle than the axle in the front. The 17-inch brake system of the new Golf GTI 2017 has been customized to endure the high temperatures imposed at a racetrack. It comes equipped with the aluminum-made disc rotors in the front and at the back, and they are connected to the steel disc brakes by cast setting pins, allowing them to enlarge radially while they heat up.
The automaker has hooked up the new VW Golf GTI Clubsport with a range of performance-focused features that all work jointly to perk up its performance. They comprise a retuned frame with a Nurburgring location accessible by means of the driving outline selector. When comes to handling the notable factor is that the unsprung weight of each wheel is 2.2 lbs (1 kg) lower due to the aluminum brake covers. The new Golf GTI Clubsport S also comes equipped with special brake pads to perk up the braking performance further. It comes equipped with an aluminum sub-frame for the suspension in the front and aluminum brake covers, which play a vital role in reducing the weight. Due to these features, it comes with the unladen weight of 2833 pounds (approx 1288 kg), which is 66 pounds (30 kg) less than that of the similarly outfitted Golf GTI Clubsport.
The weight reduction is achieved due to the removal of the back seats, rear doors, center armrest, sound deadening material, back parcel shelf, utilization of a smaller battery, removal of the aluminum sub-frame in the front, as well as removal of the two-part brake rotors. This results in an active power-to-weight ratio of 9.14 lbs per horsepower. As the new Golf comes with lesser body weight, it offers better fuel efficiency, as well, with the CO2 gas discharge of 31.8 mpg (172 g/km). The 2017 model Golf GTI Clubsport S comes equipped with the black painted roof and with three attractive body colors that include: Pure White, Tornado Red and Deep Black Pearl Effect.
2017 Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport S Interior
The cabin of the next generation VW Golf GTI Clubsport S comes equipped with two seats. Doing away with the back seats, as well as the central armrest, play a vital role in reducing the overall weight. A smaller battery set, as well as performing without insulation, the changeable-height trunk floor, the back package shelf, and the ground mats also play a vital role in reducing the body weight.
Every 400 Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport S manufactured will boost its production number that ranges from 001/400 to 400/400 on the front part of the center console. The front seat passenger and the driver sit on racing bucket seats that offer the required lateral support while sprinting around the racetrack. The new sports car also comes equipped with the GTI insignia, which is featured in the standard Golf GTI Clubsport, counting the golf ball shifter handle with an Alcantara trim, a red color line in the safety belts, Honeycomb 40 pattern labels on the doors and dashboard, and stylish Piano Black accents. The 2017 Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport S cabin also comes equipped with the Alcantara-trimmed sport steering wheel that offers a tremendous grip to the driver. The steering wheel features chrome GTI motif, red stitching and the 12 O’ clock position marked out, which was designed to be ideal for the track ergonomically.
2017 VW Golf GTI Clubsport Interior
2017 VW Golf GTI Engine, 0-60
The expansion team of Volkswagen applied synergies between the motorsport and production cars in enhancing the performance of the 2017 Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport S engine. The new sports hatchback comes equipped with a four-cylinder, turbocharged engine with the displacement of 2.0 liters, which was used to power the Golf GTI TCR race car. This powertrain offers it the required power output of 310 ponies and the required torque of 280 lbs per foot. With this powertrain, the new Golf GTI 2017 is capable of attaining the speed of 60 mph from the stationary mode in 5.8 seconds and attaining the maximum velocity of 162 mph. The powertrain will be attached with a manual transmission system that sends power to the front wheels.
Price and release date
Although Volkswagen has not yet revealed the base price of the new sports car. However, it s expected that the 2017 Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport S release date will be the last quarter of 2016. Regarding pricing, the base price is estimated(rumors) to be £35,000 (approx $ 50,264).