According to VW, the engine in the Golf 8 GTI ClubSport, as well as the ClubSport Edition 45, are “not technically released for South Africa due to the emissions levels”.
In light of this, buyers who had their eye on these special-editions may look towards the second-hand market for alternatives.
Luckily, as you will see below, there are plenty of options to choose from.
2017 VW Golf 7 GTI ClubSport S – R799,999
The VW Golf 7 GTI ClubSport debuted in 2016 for the 40th anniversary of the GTI, with an uprated engine and unique aerodynamic elements that set it apart from the standard model.
Shortly thereafter, VW launched the maniacal GTI ClubSport S, which held the crown for the fastest Nurburgring lap time for front-wheel-drive production vehicles – at a time of 07:49:21 – until 2019.
Compared to the standard GTI, output for the ClubSport S’s 2.0-litre, turbo-petrol engine was increased by 59kW, to 228kW, and torque improved by 30Nm, to 380Nm.
Additionally, it received a Nurburgring setting for the dynamic chassis control system that was standard in the ClubSport.
The result was a 0-100km/h sprint that finished in 5.8 seconds, 0.6 seconds faster than the standard derivative, as well as a top speed of 265km/h.
In addition, the ClubSport S features the rear-seat-delete option – which sees the rear bench removed.
Inside, it offers a Bluetooth-capable infotainment system, a multifunction steering wheel, Xenon headlights, and ClubSport-exclusive heated seats.
This VW Golf 7 GTI ClubSport S is one of only 47 in the country and it has a six-speed manual transmission, 318km on the clock, and a full franchise service history.
2020 VW Golf 7 GTI TCR – R769,995
According to VW, the Golf 7 GTI TCR is a road-going version of the GTI TCR racing car.
The road-going model delivers 213kW and 380Nm – with the TCR able to sprint to 100km/h in 5.6 seconds, while its top speed comes in at 264km/h.
In South Africa, the GTI TCR is distinguished from the standard model through the addition of unique side decals, 19-inch “Reifnitz” alloy wheels, perforated disk brakes, side sill extensions, a TCR roof spoiler, and an exclusive front splitter and rear bumper.
On the inside, Alcantara door and gear lever inserts, Alcantara sports seats with TCR detailing, red ambient lighting, and a new steering wheel differentiate it even further.
Fitted equipment then includes heated front seats, a digital instrument cluster, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support, parallel park assist, LED lights, and an adaptive chassis.
This VW Golf 7 GTI TCR has a six-speed automatic transmission, 140km on the clock, and a full franchise service history.
2016 VW Golf 7 GTI ClubSport – R499,900
The VW Golf 7 GTI ClubSport is the “downrated” version of the ClubSport S, with this derivative retaining all its seats.
This ClubSport’s engine churns out 213kW and 380Nm, while exclusive aerodynamic styling gives it a more athletic look than the standard GTI.
The powerful motor is good for a 0-100km/h sprint of 5.9 seconds, and a top speed of 249km/h.
In addition, this model comes with an adaptive sports chassis – that makes it sit 15mm lower – launch control, a front differential lock, and a specially-designed dual-branch exhaust outlet.
Inside, its owner is treated to a Composition Media infotainment system with Bluetooth support, a panoramic sunroof, Alcantara inserts on the multifunction steering wheel, and sporty aluminium design elements.
This VW Golf 7 GTI ClubSport has a six-speed automatic transmission, 46,000km on the clock, and a full franchise service history.
2012 VW Golf 6 GTI Edition 35 – R299,990
The VW Golf 6 GTI Edition 35 is a good alternative for someone not wanting to spend too much, but who still wants to drive a special GTI.
As the name suggests, the Edition 35 was released for the 35th anniversary of the GTI – and with it came a handful of exclusive equipment that made it stand out.
With a power output of 173kW and 300Nm, the Edition 35 had the best power-to-weight ratio out of any GTI that came before it – 8.16kg/kW – and it was the first GTI to nearly reach the 250km/h mark.
“247 km/h to be precise,” said VW, when it launched the Edition 35. It also sprinted to 100km/h in 6.6 seconds.
On the outside, this special edition was differentiated through 18-inch “Watkins Glen” wheels, black mirror housings, extended side sills, smoked tail lights, and a unique bumper with bi-xenon headlights, dynamic cornering lights, and daytime running lights.
Inside, it came with Edition 35-branded seats, a golf ball gear shifter, contrast stitching, an infotainment screen with Bluetooth connectivity, parking sensors, and a flat bottom steering wheel.
This VW Golf 6 GTI Edition 35 has a six-speed automatic transmission, 121,000km on the clock, and a full service history.