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Volkswagen confirms 310-hp Golf GTI

The Clubsport S will celebrate the GTI\'s 40th birthday.

Volkswagen has announced it will celebrate the Golf GTI's 40th birthday by launching a more extreme version of the hot hatch called Clubsport S.

Power will be provided by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine tuned to pump out 310 horsepower, a statistic that will make the Clubsport S the most powerful series-produced GTI Volkswagen has ever built by a long shot. A six-speed manual transmission will likely come standard, and odds are buyers will be able to select a six-speed dual-clutch automatic at an extra cost. The Clubsport S will remain front-wheel drive, meaning it will undoubtedly rely on a limited-slip differential to keep torque steer in check.

Performance specifications haven't been published yet, though we wouldn't be surprised to see the S sprint from zero to 60 mph in about five and a half seconds. In comparison, the regular 263-horsepower Clubsport (pictured) hits 60 mph from a stop in 5.9 seconds, while the 300-horsepower Golf R performs the same task in 4.9 seconds thanks to a sport-tuned all-wheel drive system.

Volkswagen will present the Golf GTI Clubsport S at the annual Wörthersee enthusiast meet that will take place in Austria next week. It will go on sale across Europe in the fall as a limited-edition model. At this point, it's too early to tell whether the most extreme GTI to date has been earmarked for the United States market.

Photos by Ronan Glon.

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