Volkswagen is celebrating 45 years of its venerable Golf GTI sizzling hatch with a brand new commemorative version of the newest mannequin. 

It’s the sixth such anniversary mannequin the GTI has acquired in its lifetime, with Volkswagen having supplied an identical conceived restricted version each 5 years because the Version 20 in 1996. 

Accessible to to order tomorrow from £39,980, the limited-run GTI Clubsport 45 is marked out with bespoke ’45’ branding, a contrasting black roof and matching rear wing – which, Volkswagen says, is a homage to the Mk1 GTI’s black plastic rear spoiler. 

Bespoke 19in ‘Scottsdale’ alloy wheels are painted black, with a slim purple pinstripe across the rim in tribute to historic GTI fashions, which wore an identical design for his or her entrance grilles.

Being a Clubsport, the particular version boosts output from its 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder to 296bhp and 295lb ft – from the usual GTI’s 242bhp and 273lb ft – for a 0-62mph time of 5.6sec. 

It is usually outfitted as normal with an unique Race package deal, which is unavailable on different GTI fashions, bringing an Akrapovic sports activities exhaust system and eradicating the 155mph most pace limiter (for a high pace of 166mph), whereas including top-rung LED matrix headlights, which additionally characteristic refined purple detailing. 

The commemorative theme is carried over to the inside, the place a GTI motif is stitched into the entrance seat backrests and a forty five badge is utilized to the underside of the steering wheel. 

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