A 261bhp VW Polo GTI 'Clubsport' Could Be On The Way

While not confirmed for production just yet, VW is considering a faster version of the new Polo GTI
A 261bhp VW Polo GTI 'Clubsport' Could Be On The Way

While we enjoyed driving the new VW Polo GTI for the first time recently, we couldn’t help but think its fine chassis could handle a little more power.

It seems VW is pondering the same thing, as a considerably more powerful version is indeed being proposed. “There are papers existing for a so called ‘Clubsport’ version for the Polo,” VW product line spokesperson Martin Hube told Car Throttle at the GTI’s recent press launch.

“We are thinking about a 265hp (261bhp) version with the slip differential that we have in the Clubsport Golf [the VAQ unit], so there is something possible with the Polo,” he added.

While packaging the locking differential is difficult, it will indeed fit, Hube confirmed, adding about 20kg to the front axle. And with the standard GTI already packing a 2.0-litre EA888 engine, slotting in a more powerful version shouldn’t be an issue in terms of space.

A 261bhp VW Polo GTI 'Clubsport' Could Be On The Way

But wouldn’t a Polo Clubsport create an issue with the GTI hierarchy, given that it’ll be quicker than the Golf GTI Performance? Hube isn’t so sure. “We all know the Golf is waiting for the next generation, so now is the possibility for the Polo to put the Golf under pressure with no doubt. At the moment you can do it,” he said.

Nothing’s definite just yet though, and it has been previously suggested that VW may go down the ‘R’ route with the Polo. The issue with that is weight: Hube notes that fitting a Haldex four-wheel drive system would add around 200kg to the car.

Given that the GTI Clubsport is a more exciting, engaging machine than the Golf R, we know which hot Polo version we’re rooting for…


Nishant Dash

Can I just say how good it is to be a car guy right now? A mundane Polo is going to have 261hp… Count me in!

12/18/2017 - 11:59 |
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“Mundane”, the book price of a normal Polo gti is at 27.3k € in Belgium. Without any of VWs many options. A “clubsport” one probably would cost near Civic Type R money, or GT86 money.

12/18/2017 - 15:32 |
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I wish they sold the Polo in the States. But everyone here just wants SUVs and they just killed of the Fiesta ST here 😡😡

12/18/2017 - 12:16 |
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Ehh, its the american market, bigger always means better for the american people

12/18/2017 - 15:42 |
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is it club sport or golf course

12/18/2017 - 12:19 |
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In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

iza joke

12/18/2017 - 12:19 |
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TheDriver 1

Still basically a Golf

12/18/2017 - 12:20 |
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It’s basically the same size as a mk4

12/18/2017 - 12:35 |
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JenstheGTIfreak (pizza)

In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

Yep, heb toch liever een Golf GTI CS..

12/18/2017 - 16:07 |
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VW marketing:
-Here’s the new polo
-Here’s the new polo fast
-Here’s the new polo very fast we wan’t to play wrc again

12/18/2017 - 20:23 |
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Not coming to the US so I don’t carreeeeeeee

Actually I care a lot

12/18/2017 - 21:57 |
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Rise Comics

We get it. Most of this website is either European or British.

12/18/2017 - 23:14 |
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Great, now bring it to canada

12/19/2017 - 01:22 |
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What about an up! R ?

12/22/2017 - 18:01 |
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