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The Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport has been revealed ahead of its Worthesee meet debut in Austria – teased a few days ago through sketches, the first images of the three-door special have come about.

As per the initial drawings, the GTI Clubsport features a more aggressive front end, with two functional air ducts sitting where the fog lamps are on the standard GTI. There’s a red accent running across the upper front grille that sweeps into the headlamps, and a Clubsport decal strip runs across the lower side of the car.

At the back, there’s a new roof spoiler, a restyled rear bumper and a redesigned diffuser to match the rework, and the GTI Clubsport – which is finished in Onyx white with a black roof -sits on 19-inch alloys.

The entire bodykit package on the show car supposedly previews what to expect on an ‘Edition 40’ model that will be introduced next year to mark the model’s 40th anniversary, much like how the GTI Edition 35 celebrated the 35-year mark back in 2011.

Powering the Golf GTI Clubsport is a EA888 2.0 litre TSI engine offering 261 hp, which is 34 hp more than a regular Golf GTI equipped with the optional Performance Package. The mill is mated to a six-speed DSG transmission, with an electronically-controlled XDS differential in tow.

The automaker hasn’t revealed torque figures for the car, nor are there performance figures as yet. No details on the rest of the mechanicals too, but there should undoubtedly be some revisions to the suspension and brakes to handle the extra grunt.