A little more than forty years ago, a group of VW engineers jammed Bosch's latest fuel injection system on an Audi 80's engine, put that package in a Golf and kept their fingers crossed during Volkswagen's next board meeting.
The GTI wasn't the first hot hatchback, but it was the first one done properly, and it's still around because it was so damn good from day one. And while the GTI Clubsport S got rid of its rear seats to become the fastest front-wheel drive car around the Nürburgring, the latest Clubsport Edition 40 is not too shabby on B-roads either, packing 258 ft.-lb. of torque and 261 horsepower, with that horsepower figure climbing to 286 for ten seconds on overboost.
But does it compare to the original? Well, they both have Golfball shifter knobs, and red stripes all around...
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