A celebration of 40 years of GTi, the GTi Clubsport S was Volkswagen’s 40th birthday present to itself and conqueror of the Nurburgring front wheel drive lap record, the strictly 2 seat Golf GTi Clubsport S was a culmination of everything they’d learnt over the years, resulting in a 306 BHP monster, limited to 400 worldwide units with 150 of those being UK RHD examples, the Clubsport S is sure to be a future classic.
It’s specification was standard across all the UK delivered vehicles, the only choices being the colour of either White, Red or Black and whether or not to have Air Conditioning – this example is fitted with Air Conditioning.
Navigation, Bluetooth Phone and Heated Bucket Seats were all standard equipment.
Evo Magazine did a great job of describing the technical changes as follows ……
‘The Clubsport S carries over the Clubsport’s aerodynamic revisions. The front splitter and rear wing not only cancel out the 60kg of lift generated by the GTI Performance, they actually produce a small amount of downforce. VW’s engineers quote 8kg on the front axle and 17kg at the rear. They’re modest numbers, but with no lift to contend with VW has been able to make significant changes to the chassis balance.
With so much more stability at high speed than before the engineers can dial in a more neutral balance, which reduces understeer and promotes oversteer characteristics. In a front-wheel drive car that translates into more speed through corners.
From there the Clubsport S starts to distinguish itself from the Clubsport. The chassis gets bespoke damper tuning, new front knuckles, more camber front and rear with less toe and a lightweight front aluminium subframe. Those revisions are all designed to make the car more stable at speed, and reduce understeer.
Bespoke Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres are standard fit (they’re optional on the Clubsport) and the brakes get specific pads and aluminium bowls that enable the discs to expand under sustained track work without warping. Some 30kg has been saved over the Clubsport by removing the rear seats and some sound deadening material.’
Supplied new by T L Darby Volkswagen in Burton on Trent, this example is number 121 of the 400 produced and the only one delivered by this dealer.
It was Robin’s own car from new, he kept it for almost 2 years and used it mostly for fun cross country trips, it has never been on a track. Pearce & Dale subsequently sold it to a long standing client in November 2018, who has now decided it’s time for something even more raw, so we are delighted to have the car back on sale.
As they were delivered when new without, A genuine spacesaver spare wheel, toolkit with jack and a boot floor have also been added for peace of mind and to make the boot space more useable, but are of course removable.
Presented in original, unblemished condition and has been freshly detailed.
Supplied new by T L Darby, 7th December 2016
1st Service by T L Darby, 21/11/2017, 2,325 Miles
2nd Service by Lancaster VW Milton Keynes, 18/11/2018, 4,507 Miles
Supplied with the Balance of Manufacturer’s Warranty to 6th December 2019.