That happened quickly; the 2015 GTI Clubsport went from near-production concept to celebratory 40th anniversary model for the legendary GTI, and will see production starting in 2016.

The details are still not 100 percent clear on what the production GTI Clubsport will entail, but the fact that VW calls the concept “near-production” is a sign that what you see at Wörthersee is just about what the German automaker will deliver. This means that it’ll likely include a 195 kW (261-horsepower) 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine under its hood. This would make for a 51-horsepower bump over the base GTI.

On top of the extra juice, look for a revised chassis that includes wider wheels wrapped in sticky rubber, stiffer springs and dampers, thicker antiroll bars, and a lower ride height.

This special model should also include a body kit that not only gives the GTI a sexier look, but will also increase the downforce. This kit will likely include the pieces from the concept, including the revised front bumper, side sills, a roof-edge spoiler, and a rear diffuser.

I also expect to see a good bit of reworking on the inside to make it more track-focused; maybe some sportier seats, contrasting accents, a sportier steering wheel, and maybe some exclusive gauges.

There is no mention of whether the Golf GTI Clubsport will be offered in the U.S. or not, but stay tuned for more on that.

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Why it matters

The GTI is an icon in the hot hatchback realm. Sure, it wasn’t always what anyone would call “fast,” but it always was tick ahead of the competition in terms of performance and technology. It has stood the test of time and proven repeatedly it is worth its weight in gold to VW. Giving it a special 40th anniversary model with some extra pep in its step is well deserved and should draw in plenty of buyers.

2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport

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Press Release

Next year, the Golf GTI celebrates its 40th birthday. Volkswagen is marking this historic event with a progressive anniversary model: the new Golf GTI Clubsport. Volkswagen will be showcasing the Golf GTI Clubsport on 14th May as part of the legendary GTI meet at Lake Wörthersee, when it will make its world premiere in the form of a near-production concept car.

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With a power output of 195 kW / 265 PS (35 PS more than the Golf GTI Performance) and top performance temporarily increased by around a further 10 per cent thanks to a boost function, the Golf GTI Clubsport is set to take off at the start of 2016 as the most powerful production ’GTI’ yet. The anniversary model is being launched not only with an extremely powerful engine, but also with an individualised interior and exclusive bodywork details.

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The design modifications include a completely new front bumper, new side sills, a new and aerodynamically highly innovative roof-edge spoiler and a specially developed rear diffuser. All of these features were designed with the aim of further enhancing the GTI’s performance and of thereby bringing form and function into perfect harmony. The interplay of the very high power output thanks to the boost function and significantly improved levels of downforce move the Golf GTI Clubsport into the realms of motorsport driving dynamics. Consequently, handling remains extremely stable even at very high speeds. Breath-taking cornering speeds are also possible. The new Golf GTI Clubsport thus makes a great case for itself as unadulterated sports car.

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