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Volkswagen considering creating a more powerful Golf R Clubsport

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Volkswagen is currently in the early stages of developing a hotter version of its Golf R model called the Clubsport. While it has not yet been approved by VW’s board for production, it has the potential to become the brand’s most impressive hatchback to date. Martin Hube, a Volkswagen spokesperson, confirmed that the company is working on a “more track-oriented version” of the Golf R. This new model is expected to receive upgrades to its suspension geometry and weight reduction to enhance its performance on the track.

The Golf R currently features a turbocharged 2.0-liter EA888 four-cylinder engine that delivers 315 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. The Clubsport variant is likely to offer even more power to improve its performance capabilities. Equipped with a six-speed manual transmission and VW’s 4Motion all-wheel-drive system with torque vectoring, the R Clubsport is expected to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in less than the standard R’s time of 4.7 seconds. However, the model’s top speed is expected to remain at 155 miles per hour. The most significant improvements are expected to be seen in its lap times, making it a more track-focused variant.

While the potential R Clubsport appears promising on paper, its production is contingent on approval from Volkswagen’s board members. It is currently uncertain if the model will be available in the United States. If it does receive the green light for production, it is unlikely to reach American shores before the 2025 model year. By then, Volkswagen plans to discontinue the manual transmission option in the GTI and R models, making it a limited-time opportunity for enthusiasts. Despite this, the R Clubsport has the potential to be a remarkable addition to Volkswagen’s lineup if and when it enters production.

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