Over the summer of 1976, Volkswagen unveiled its then all-new Golf GTI, and though production was originally earmarked for 5,000 units, the German-made hot hatch quickly went on to become the world’s most successful compact sports car of all time, with well-over 2,300,000 having left the factory since the summer of ’76. And with 2021 now marking the four-and-a-half-decade anniversary of the GTI-spec, VW has opted to mark the occasion via a special, limited edition track-focused variant of the model dubbed the Golf GTI Clubsport 45.
In addition to boasting a seven-speed dual clutch ‘DSG’ gearbox, electromechanical front-axle locking differential control, and a race package as standard fare, the new GTI Clubsport’s electronic governor has been jettisoned, allowing the car to reach speeds of around 170mph. The outside of the car features a limited edition gray livery with a black roof and spoiler, IQ.Light LED matrix headlights with the red trim strips, and gloss-black 19” Scottsdale alloy wheels with red accents while the interior also gets GTI and “45” branding, sport seats, and a multi-function flat-bottom steering wheel. Priced at approximately $57,720, Volkswagen will begin taking orders for the 2021 Golf GTI Clubsport 45 on March 1, 2021.