In the heat of its dieselgate scandal, Volkswagen has decided to continue on its path of turning the GTI into the front-driven monster it has always deserved to be. First came the release of the Clubsport version of the hot-hatchback, and now a new report from AutoCar claims that a hotter version of the Clubsport is in the works.
This new model, which is known as the Clubsport Lightweight, takes everything that makes the Clubsport badass and cranks it up a few clicks. This model comes with a revised version of the 2.0-liter EA888 powerplant that sees its output increased by 20 horsepower. While this gives the Clubsport Lightweight the same 296 max horsepower as the base Clubsport, the latter’s engine only hits this number temporarily in overboost while the former hits it without limitations. This increase is courtesy of higher boost levels and a higher ignition cutout.
This potent four-pot will mate to a pair of six-cog transmissions. The standard trans will be a manual unit, while a dual-clutch unit will be available. The latter gearbox also gains the extra traction delivered by an electronic diff.
Living up to its suffix, the Clubsport Lightweight will also undergo a weight-loss program that includes the elimination of the rear seats and reduces the amount of sound-deadening materials, according to the report. I am sure there will be more weight-loss measures than just those two bits, as VW works to cut down on the base model’s 1,375 kg (3,031-pound) curb weight.
The rest of the details surrounding the GTI Clubsport Lightweight remain unknown for now, but we should learn all about it soon enough, as it is set to debut in concept form on May 4th at Wörthersee. If this new model does get the go-ahead for production, look for VW to build fewer than 100 examples.