VW Golf GTI Clubsport Variant? Yes, Please!

VW Golf GTI Clubsport Variant 1 photo
Photo: X-Tomi Design
I don't know if you've noticed this, but Volkswagen Group makes a hell of a lot of cars with this 2.0 TSI engine. They all do slightly different things, but until recently there was only one Golf GTI.
Then came the model's 40th birthday and with it the Clubsport. But that doesn't change the fact that you can only buy the GTI as a 3- and 5-door hatchback, while the Skoda Octavia RS and SEAT Leon Cupra have big trunks, standard or otherwise.

Volkswagen may have done this in order to conserve the purity of the GTI brand. You can buy a GTD Variant with an 184 PS diesel engine or the R Variant. But if I had the money to buy one of these, I wouldn't, especially the R. While it may be one of the most powerful compact wagons ever made, it's also much heavier than the regular Golf R.

A Golf GTI Clubsport could be a completely different story. By losing the all-wheel drive system and some of the luxury features, it could compete with the SEAT Leon ST Cupra 290. You'd think that by making the car longer, VW would ruin the handling, but race car drivers love wagons because their rear ends are easier to swing around.

Today, we are going to look at the rendering of the GTI Clubsport Variant that X-Tomi Design made. It looks like one of those "concept cars" made by apprentices for the GTI Meet on Lake Worthersee. At the front, it's got the CS bumper with larger air intakes, while the sides offer larger wheels. He also took the regular Variant's roof rails and painted them black.

I'm pretty sure they aren't going to build such a car at least until the Mk8 arrives. But Volkswagen has proven much more open to change by introducing the Lamando GTS in China and the GTE plug-in performance model.

Considering what we see at Worthersee every year, we think that this car would be very popular. But tell us what you think with a quick comment in our new section below.
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About the author: Mihnea Radu
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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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