VW is celebrating that fact in style with the new GTI Clubsport Edition 40 model, unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March and on sale from today, at £30,875.
It is the most powerful GTI to date with 265hp – the same as the equally new Ferrari 308GTB could manage in 1976! But there’s more: the turbocharged 2.0-litre engine has an overboost facility that adds another 25hp for 10 seconds when you floor it in third gear or above.
True to its roots, the Edition 40 is determinedly front-wheel drive and comes with either six-speed manual or six-speed DSG paddleshift transmission.
VW describes the acceleration as ‘brisk’. The car comes with standard launch control and 0-62mph takes 6.3secs on its way to a governed top speed of 155mph.
A lowered sport chassis and the front diff lock, electronic stability systems and quicker steering from the current latest GTI model all feature in the anniversary special. VW says the car’s handling is more intuitive than ever.