The Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport was introduced less than a year ago and it appears the company has already created a more extreme variant. Citing a "high-ranking official," Autocar is reporting Volkswagen engineers have created a lightweight version of the hot hatch. The car was reportedly inspired by the Porsche 911 GT3 Clubsport and is designed to be a street-legal race car that is suitable for track day events.

The Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport was introduced less than a year ago and it appears the company has already created a more extreme variant.

Citing a "high-ranking official," Autocar is reporting Volkswagen has created a lightweight version of the hot hatch.  The car was reportedly inspired by the Porsche 911 GT3 Clubsport and is designed to be a street-legal race car that is suitable for track day events.

There's no word on how weight has been saved but the rear seat has reportedly been removed.  The model is also rumored to use less sound deadening material than the standard car.

Power will reportedly be provided by an upgraded 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine.  The insider says the company has made several modifications to the engine so it produces 296 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque.  This should enable the car to accelerate from 0-62 mph in less than 5.7 seconds before hitting a limited top speed of 155 mph

The Golf GTI Clubsport Lightweight is expected to be unveiled at Wörthersee and the company is reportedly considering a production variant.  Unfortunately, it appears executives have mixed feelings about the model as some are concerned it sends the wrong message in the wake of the Dieselgate scandal.   

Source: Autocar

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