A bright blue sky welcomes Benny Leuchter to Wolfsburg on a mild Monday, shortly before the Wörthersee GTI fan convention, which was originally planned for May. The grey parking level, right next to the plant and within sight of Wolfsburg Castle, is about to be upgraded by a piece of Volkswagen history. Eight GTI special editions, from every generation of Golf, have been assembled here – from the Golf 1 GTI Pirelli to the latest member of the GTI family: the Golf GTI Clubsport 45, which is based on the eighth generation of Golf.
When the racing driver and Volkswagen test and development driver arrives, he is visibly impressed by the Golf GTI Clubsport 45: “It looks mega. The colour really suits it. With its black accents in a high-gloss finish, the rear wing really comes into its own,” he says, clearly satisfied. “The oval exhaust pipes are framed superbly, and what an awesome size they are. I would definitely tick that on the extras list!”
“The Golf GTI Clubsport 45 is quite simply an incredibly good car!”
Benjamin “Benny” Leuchter has a long GTI history and was directly involved in the development of the Golf GTI Clubsport 45. Right on time for the Wörthersee GTI fan convention, which has unfortunately been cancelled again in 2021, he introduces the highlights of that car – and meets the most important models of previous generations.