Volkswagen has released new promotional material with the Golf GTI Clubsport, this time stretching out at the Algarve International Circuit in Portugal.

Volkswagen has released new promotional material with the Golf GTI Clubsport, this time stretching out at the Algarve International Circuit in Portugal.

A follow-up to a namesake concept, the latest member to join the ever growing Golf family sits on top of the model’s front-wheel drive range. You can get it only as a three-door with 265 PS (195 kW) and 350 Nm (258 lb-ft) on tap coming from an upgraded 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine. There’s also an overboost function increasing output to 290 PS (213 kW) and 380 Nm (280 lb-ft) for ten seconds, which should be enough time to overtake.

Volkswagen is trying to please everybody by offering both a standard six-speed manual and an optional six-speed DSG. Go for the latter and the sprint to 62 mph (100 km/h) takes just 5.9 seconds before topping out at an electronically-restricted 155 mph (250 km/h). With the manual it’s only 0.1s slower in the sprint and achieves just about the same maximum velocity.

With this new Clubsport version, Volkswagen is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the original and beloved Golf GTI. There’s no word just yet about price, but expect a significant premium over the Golf GTI Performance that kicks off at €30,400 in Germany. Chances are it will cost somewhere in the region of €34,000, thus maintaining a considerable gap until the all-paw Golf R (€39,000) flagship model.

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See the Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport in action at Algarve track [video]