VW Golf GTI Clubsport 01

Here’s something interesting – according to a high-ranking official, Volkswagen has built a lightweight version of the Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport (pictured here), Autocar UK reports. While it may already be ready, sitting at the company’s facility in Germany, it seems that Volkswagen is contemplating as to whether such a sporty car should be introduced at this point in time due to the ‘dieselgate’ scandal.

Billed the Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport Lightweight, the front-wheel drive hatchback is claimed to be inspired by the Porsche 911 GT3 Clubsport. The model is a road-legal car that’s aimed at those who want to enter track-day events, motorkhanas and hill climbs. The model will also see the EA888 turbocharged 2.0 litre four-cylinder engine revised as well.

While it’s the same mill as the standard Golf GTI Clubsport, said revisions include increased turbocharger boost pressure and a higher ignition cut-out. With this, the Lightweight version will deliver a total of 300 PS.

“We’ve increased the threshold so it delivers a permanent 300 PS, which is only achieved momentarily on the overboost in the Golf GTI Clubsport,” the source said. Torque however, will stay put at 380 Nm. As for the gearbox, the hatch will come paired with either a six-speed manual or a dual-clutch automatic transmission, with an electronic differential.

As for weight, the company has employed less sound deadening materials to bring the standard car’s kerb weight (1,375 kg) down. Currently, the Golf GTI Clubsport does 0-100 km/h in a matter of 5.9 seconds, it is claimed that the new version will outdo that time. Interior-wise, there will be modifications as well, including a different seat in the back.

Production of the Lightweight version is still on the fence as the final verdict lays with the newly-elected supervisory board. The board is said to be apprehensive about the message that the model will send in light of the ongoing investigations. That said, the model may be unveiled at Wothersee before a final decision is made. If it does get the go-ahead though, it is said that less than 100 units will be made.

GALLERY: Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport