Barely a click after Volkswagen launched its latest Golf GTI in the European market, the Golf GTI Clubsport derivative has been spotted going quite quickly around the famous Nurburgring’s Nordschleife in Germany. There is barely any camouflage on the car, meaning its arrival it pretty imminent. With the Mzansi market being one of the most active Golf GTI markets globally, it stands to reason that we will also be getting this car, probably in 2021.

The last GTI Clubsport arrived in Mzansi in July 2016 and the 400 units earmarked for local buyers went like hot cakes. From what we can see, there a few differentiators from the normal GTI. The front end features an all-black lower grille. We cannot see the normal GTI’s X-shaped LED daytime running lights, but that may be because they have been switched off. Volkswagen also removed any side badging while the alloy wheels are different too. At the rear end we see the roof spoiler is colour-coded, compared to the GTI’s part-black one.

Under the bonnet will be the 2.0-litre TSI (codenamed EA888 evo4) used by the new GTI. Instead of 180kW we are expecting around 220kW sent to the front wheels via a DSG gearbox. We think some markets will be allowed a manual, but Mzansi will definitely not be one of them.

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