Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport Edition 40 – 265 PS

In conjunction with the 40th anniversary of the Volkswagen Golf GTI, the automaker’s United Kingdom branch has released more images of the Golf GTI Clubsport Edition 40, a special model that was created to mark the occasion.

This isn’t just a normal GTI with some glittery bits attached to it, as Volkswagen has tweaked the EA888 under the hood. In this guise, the 2.0 litre TFSI mill pumps out 265 PS and 350 Nm of torque, which is 45 PS more than the regular GTI. With the overboost function engaged at full throttle, it will produces an additional 25 PS for up to ten seconds.

As a result, the 0-100 km/h time is dispatched in just 6.3 seconds, two tenths faster than the standard car, while the top speed is now at 249 km/h instead of 246 km/h. These performance figures are applicable for both six-speed manual and DSG versions.

Though it may not be as quick as the “FWD King of the ‘Ring,” the Golf GTI Clubsport S, the Edition 40 does come with the full Clubsport styling. This includes a new front bumper, side sills, rear diffuser and roof spoiler that provide real aero performance. Also, 1,000 units of the Edition 40 were available to UK buyers, unlike the Clubsport S, where just 150 of the 400 units came to the UK.

Inside, Alcantara/cloth Recaro seats come as standard, with leather sports seats being an option. Elsewhere, the dashboard and door cards are dressed with ‘Honeycomb 40’ trim strips, plus there is an Alcantara steering wheel with a top position marker and a special plaque.

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VW Golf GTI: 40 years of the world’s most famous hot hatch


“Forty years ago a small group of Volkswagen engineers and managers came together to create what quickly became a motoring phenomenon – the Golf GTI.

Initially engineered as an enthusiast project, it soon became clear after the first Golf GTI reached showrooms in 1976 that VW’s initial predictions of 5,000 sales might have been somewhat conservative.  Today – seven generations and more than two million sales later – the Golf GTI still garners avid interest from enthusiasts around the world.

The UK, long a hotbed for hot hatch appreciation, took the GTI to its automotive heart from the start of sales in 1977. VW recognised our affiliation with powerful hatchbacks when it launched a special edition of the current Golf GTI to celebrate the model’s 40th anniversary.

Volkswagen UK ordered 150 of the 400-run limited edition GTI celebration models, making Britain the world’s single biggest market for the ultimate Golf GTI, the Clubsport S.

VW Golf GTI Clubsport S
The VW Golf GTI Clubsport S holds the lap record for front-wheel-drive cars at the full Nurburgring circuit

The Clubsport S sold out even before its £33,995 price was officially announced in August. The front-wheel-drive car’s 2.0-litre TSI engine packs 306bhp, enabling a record time of 7m 47.19s around the infamous Nürburgring Nordschleife.

There’s also a GTI Clubsport Edition 40 – 1,000 of which came to the UK. It has a  261bhp, 2.0-litre turbocharged direct-injection petrol engine with an additional overboost function to increase the power to 286bhp for up to 10 seconds.

VW Golf GTI Clubsport Edition 40
The VW Golf GTI Clubsport Edition 40 develops 261bhp

In the UK, a series of events celebrated the GTI’s enduring appeal. Eighty-five GTIs of all versions journeyed to Volkswagen UK’s headquarters in Milton Keynes in August to attend a special birthday celebration for the iconic hot hatch.

Internationally, the 35th Wörthersee Meet in Austria, an annual gathering of VW aficionados, also celebrated the 40th birthday of the cult hot hatch. VW took all seven generations of the Golf GTI along, including the Clubsport and Clubsport S.

While Volkswagen’s Golf Gran Turismo Injection has evolved significantly since 1976 – the 0-62mph acceleration time of the original car, at 9.2 seconds, is eclipsed significantly by the Clubsport S’s 5.8 seconds – the sporting ethos and commitment to everyday driving fun remains the same.

VW Golf GTI Mk1
The Mk1 Golf GTI sported a 1.6-litre injected engine and a four-speed gearbox

That should also be true of the new Golf GTI due in 2017 with more power, enhanced technology, refreshed styling and more equipment.

We salute the team that worked in secret to develop the sporty Golf. Former Communications Director at Volkswagen, Anton Konrad, along with Hermann Hablitzl, head of Golf project development at the time; Herbert Schuster, a chassis expert who would later become a member of the board responsible for development; Jürgen Adler, a specialist in interior design; and Horst-Dieter Schwittlinsky from marketing were the originators of the GTI.

They were later joined by Gunther Kühl from motorsport and engineer Alfons Löwenberg as they crafted the GTI unofficially and, essentially, in secret.”

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2017 Volkswagen Golf R gets more power

With the help of dual-clutch automatic transmission, Wolfsburg’s hot hatch is quicker than the Ford Focus RS.

It’s not just for the sake of competition but also for Volkswagen’s own game. After revealing the facelifted Golf last month in regular and GTI forms, the Wolfsburg lads have now unveiled the R variant.

As to keep the model lineup properly aligned, the fastest Golf gets a 2.0-litre petrol-turbo engine uprated to 310hp and 400Nm, up by 10hp and 20Nm. As a result, the 0-100kph time falls by three-tenths of second, at 4.6sec, when equipped with seven-speed dual-clutch automatic and 4Motion all-wheel-drive.

The GTI, in contrast, has a power rating of 230hp in standard guise and 245hp in Performance trim, up by 10hp and 15hp respectively in the pre-facelift model.

That power rating puts the Golf R and par with today’s Honda Civic Type R but 40hp short of the Ford Focus RS. But because its rivals make do with just a manual gearbox, the Golf R is quicker than both in the 0-100kph run. The Focus RS, for one, requires 4.7sec.

Cool! Where can I get one?

The Golf R has never been sold via the Thai Volkswagen importer, so you would probably have to head for independent channels.

But here are some good news. Since the Golf R has a CO2 rating of 180g/km, it can be subject to 35% excise tax. Previously, it was hit by 50% before the new CO2 rules came into effect in Thailand this year.

This means that the updated Golf R should cost just over 3 million baht. For some perspective, the Subaru WRX STI officially costs some 3.3 million baht in Thailand and comes with 310hp 2.5-litre turbocharged flat-four and six-speed manual gearbox.


Volkswagen Group of America (VWGoA) operations and its dealers were responsible for 119,830 direct and indirect U.S. jobs in 2015, including more than 2,000 newly-created jobs, according to a study of the company’s 2015 U.S. economic contribution by Ernst & Young. The study finds that employees supported by VWGoA’s U.S. operations earned a total of more than $7.1 billion in compensation, and generated $24.8 billion of U.S. economic gross output.

VWGoA President and CEO Hinrich J. Woebcken announced the study’s results today at the 2016 AutoConference LA event, hosted by the National Automobile Dealers Association and J.D. Power.

“The Ernst & Young study shows the broad reach and impact of VWGoA’s operations, the strength of our U.S. dealer network, and the important role the company plays in spurring economic growth and U.S. jobs,” said Hinrich J. Woebcken, president and CEO, Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. “We are tremendously proud of the positive impact we’ve had on the U.S. economy thus far, and are confident that our long-term investments in this market will continue to benefit communities throughout the nation.”

The study also indicates that VWGoA’s U.S. operations, comprising more than 900 Audi and Volkswagen dealerships in all 50 states, and 56 corporate-operated facilities in 15 states, contributed $2.4 billion of federal, state, and local taxes in 2015.

Key findings from the study show that, in 2015, VWGoA:

  • Supported 45,866 direct jobs, including positions throughout U.S. corporate facilities and VW and Audi dealerships.
  • Supported 73,944 indirect and induced jobs, including positions with U.S. suppliers and throughout the manufacturing sector.
  • Created 2,057 new jobs based on its capital investments, including 1,600 supported by the expansion of Volkswagen’s Chattanooga plant.
  • Provided more than $7.1 billion in employee compensation, which helped generate $24.8 billion of U.S. economic gross output.
  • Contributed $2.4 billion of federal, state and local taxes, including $280 million in customs duties and fees, $550 million of direct-employee related taxes, and property and payroll taxes.
  • Donated more than $4.3 million in charitable giving to 122 organizations.

The Ernst & Young study was commissioned by VWGoA. The analysis was based Ernst & Young’s IMPLAN economic model and 2015 data provided by VWGoA. The study included an analysis of the employment, labor income and gross economic output of VWGoA, Volkswagen of Chattanooga, and Volkswagen and Audi dealers nationwide. A full copy of the study is available here.

Volkswagen Chattanooga Starts Series Production of the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas


Volkswagen Chattanooga today marked the beginning of series production of the Volkswagen Atlas. This marks the beginning of the process of building inventory for market introduction of the Atlas in 2017. “I am very proud of the hard work the Chattanooga team has put in to bring the Atlas to series production,” said Christian Koch, President and CEO of Volkswagen Chattanooga. “The challenge of integrating a new vehicle line while simultaneously completing a major expansion of our facility was daunting, but our team stepped up to the task and now we have taken another step towards the market introduction of the Atlas,” he said. The Volkswagen Atlas, unveiled on the Santa Monica Pier in October of 2016, launches a new chapter in the company’s American history. The seven-passenger Atlas offers class-competitive levels of technology and room, combined with Volkswagen driving dynamics and attention to detail. “The Atlas marks a brand new journey for Volkswagen as we enter deeper into the heart of the American market, moving from a small-car brand towards a more family-friendly lineup,” said Hinrich J. Woebcken, CEO of the North America Region, Volkswagen. “We
are so proud that this vehicle was not only designed for the American market, but we
built it in our factory right here in Tennessee.”
In conjunction with the facilities expansion, Volkswagen Chattanooga continues to grow
its workforce to meet the production demands of adding the Atlas to the existing Passat
line. Volkswagen Chattanooga currently employs 2800 team members—up from 2400
this summer– and will continue to bring on board additional employees throughout the
ramp up of the Volkswagen Atlas.
The Atlas is built alongside the Passat at the Volkswagen Chattanooga assembly plant,
the result of an additional $900 million investment by Volkswagen in the facility. The
expansion added over 665,000 ft2 to the facility (a 26% total increase in production
space), growing each shop to accommodate the integration of the Atlas.

The VW Atlas begins production in America



“CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – Volkswagen Chattanooga officially marked the beginning of series production for the new Atlas SUV.

The seven passenger vehicle will be produced along with the current Passat.

The company increased production space by 26% to make room for the new line.

“I am very proud of the hard work the Chattanooga team has put in to bring the Atlas to series production,” said Christian Koch, President and CEO of Volkswagen Chattanooga. “The challenge of integrating a new vehicle line while simultaneously completing a major expansion of our facility was daunting, but our team stepped up to the task and now we have taken another step towards the market introduction of the Atlas,” he said.

Volkswagen is still adding workers to to meet the new production.

Employment has climbed from 2400 this summer to 2800 now.

Volkswagen’s hiring partner Aerotek, will host a Career Fair this Friday, December 16, 2016 from 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. at the Volkswagen Conference Center, to increase those numbers.

“The Atlas marks a brand new journey for Volkswagen as we enter deeper into the heart of the American market, moving from a small-car brand towards a more family-friendly lineup,” said Hinrich J. Woebcken, CEO of the North America Region, Volkswagen. “We are so proud that this vehicle was not only designed for the American market, but we built it in our factory right here in Tennessee.””

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Ace of Base: 2017 Volkswagen Golf S

2017 VW Golf

Sometimes a manufacturer churns out a base trim that might not be the best of its range but represents a merciful departure from the rattletrap boxes of sadness which, not too many years ago, used to be hawked by OEMS as their base wheels. Here’s an example.

Sure, it’s easy to mock Volkswagen these days. The diesel emissions scandal has scuppered the brand in the eyes of a number of consumers, adding to traditional VW stereotypes such as high repair and maintenance costs. All the same, excluding an entire brand from consideration because of a single wayward trimline is akin to throwing out a fifty pound sack of potatoes because of one rotten spud.

In the past, Americans treated hatchbacks with a degree of disdain generally leveled at soiled copies of Utne Reader. The Golf is definitely one of the better hatchbacks out there. Does its base S model pass the Ace of Base litmus test?

Underneath the base Golf sits similar architecture to the much-lauded GTI and R. Sure, the particulars are different but the same MQB bones are there. No matter the trim, a Golf doesn’t exactly wallow around in corners. This is more than can be said for the majority of its competitors. The base S is shod with 15-inch tires, relative piano wheels compared to the jumbo hoops seen on most vehicles, but that just means owners can replace all four tires without taking out a second mortgage on the house. The generously proportioned sidewalls of the smaller diameter rubber also contributes to a ride quality that won’t shake your fillings loose on every freeway expansion joint.

Sharp headlight clusters incorporate a detail line which runs the length of the car. There’s a poised yet elegant appearance here, a stoic foil to the flamboyant Mazda 3. A raft of $0 colors ranging from Tornado Red to Silk Blue are on offer, in addition to traditional Teutonic hues on the greyscale. A direct-injected 1.8-liter TSI inline-four making 170 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of twist means the thing can more than get out of its own way, particularly when stirred by the standard five-speed manual transmission.

Those who sign the note on a $19,895 Golf S will not suffer for standard equipment. Power windows with one touch up/down are found in all four-doors, while the center stack features niceties like a backup camera and Bluetooth with streaming audio. Natty leather wraps the steering wheel and handbrake handle.

Mercifully, thanks to a small segment of buyers, they’ve enjoyed something of a resurgence. That manufacturers see fit to equip them better than the average battle-scarred penalty box in a run-down arena helps immensely in their acceptance. Hatchbacks are vastly practical and the Golf is no exception, easily swallowing a full-sized bicycle in a cargo compartment that measures a full 52.7 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down.

What do you think, B&B? Does the base Golf S help atone for the sins of its dirty diesel brother? Or are they all tarred with the same sooty brush?

Not every base model has aced it. The ones that have? They help make the automotive landscape a lot better. Any others you can think of, B&B? Let us know in the comments. Naturally, feel free to eviscerate our selections.

The model above is shown with American options and is priced in Freedom Dollars. As always, your dealer may sell for less.

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