Volkswagen has confirmed that order books are now open for the special edition Golf GTI Clubsport 45.
Prices for the UK market have been revealed to start from £39,980, about £2,700 pricier than the regular Clubsport.
The Clubsport 45 gets the same engine upgrades that the regular GTI Clubsport gets over the standard GTI, with over 50bhp more power for a total of 296bhp and 400Nm of torque, while the top speed limiter is removed on the 45 version, making it capable of 166mph.
The result is a 0-60mph sprint time of 5.4 seconds, while the fuel economy drops slightly to 37.7mpg.
It also gets an Akrapovic titanium exhaust which weighs less than the standard item and has a rowdier sound, while 19-inch alloy wheels give it a more aggressive look. This particular model also gets 45 badges on the side sill panels.
As this is the flagship of the GTI range, standard equipment is extensive, including a 10.25-inch high resolution digital instrument display, LED Matrix headlights, and adaptive cruise control.
On the outside it gets Clubsport bumpers and a rear spoiler that contribute to improved aerodynamics rather than purely being aesthetic.
Lisa Hartley, Golf product manager at Volkswagen UK, said: “The Golf GTI Clubsport 45 celebrates 45 years of the Golf GTI in style. It’s the latest in a long line of GTI anniversary special editions, and offers a greater level of dynamic engagement and agility than ever before.”