A Volkswagen official has seemingly confirmed the German firm has no plans to offer a hardcore Golf 8 GTI Clubsport S above the box-fresh Clubsport variant.
Karsten Schebsdat, who heads up driving dynamics for VW, told Autocar a two-seater Clubsport S based on the eighth-generation model is “not planned now”.
Indeed, in the Wolfsburg-based firm’s press material for the new Clubsport, it describes the newcomer as the “new flagship model of the eighth Golf GTI generation”, indirectly suggesting an S model is not on the cards.
As a reminder, the new GTI Clubsport offers 221 kW and 400 N.m courtesy of its EA888 turbocharged 2,0-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine, directing that oomph to the front axle via a seven-speed DSG dual-clutch transmission.
The two-door Golf 7 GTI Clubsport S, meanwhile, was revealed back in 2016, boasting 228 kW and limited to just 400 units (47 of which made their way to South Africa) globally.
However, even the standard Clubsport is seemingly off the menu for South Africa, with VW SA telling us it won't come to local shores since it is “only available for the European fuel emission levels”.