Just how quickly will the new Volkswagen Golf 8 GTI Clubsport complete the obligatory 0-100 km/h sprint test in real-world conditions? Well, the folks over at Automann-TV have the answer.
The video below shows the flagship version of Wolfsburg’s front-driven hot hatch first blasting from zero to 100 km/h, and then from 100 km/h to 200 km/h out on the autobahn.
So, let's take a look at the figures. Despite the test taking place in cold conditions using 19-inch winter tyres, the Golf GTI Clubsport rocketed from zero to 100 km/h in 5,7 seconds (and hit 200 km/h in 17,3 seconds). The in-gear sprint from 100 to 200 km/h, meanwhile, took 11,5 seconds – interestingly matching the time Automann-TV set with the new all-paw Golf 8 R.
As a reminder, the Golf 8 GTI Clubsport boasts 221 kW and 400 N.m from its EA888 turbocharged 2,0-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine, which are advantages of 41 kW and 30 N.m compared with the standard GTI. All that oomph is directed to the front axle via a seven-speed DSG dual-clutch transmission as standard.
In addition, VW says the running gear has been “completely reconfigured”, gaining “significant enhancements”. A standard electromechanical front-axle locking differential, for instance, is included in the vehicle dynamics manager’s network for the first time. The firm even programmed a selectable “Special” drive profile that “specifically adapts the running gear” to the Nürburgring Nordschleife.
In October 2020, however, Volkswagen South Africa told us the new Golf 8 GTI Clubsport was not destined for local roads.
Watch the video below...