VW Golf GTI Clubsport S - Image credit of Autocar.
By Ethan Burrell - Posted 14/02/2021. Post on DriveTribe also on 15/02/2021.
The art of adding aggression & unnaturalised flair to hot-hatches that didn't receive this treatment from factory.
Sam from Seen Through Glass inspired this piece with his Project Biposto series; which to paraphrase, is to modify a Gen 4 Abarth 595 in the style of a 695 Biposto from the generation earlier. As Sam touches on in his reveal video Abarth aren't planning on releasing a Gen 4 Biposto model which leaves a gap in the range for a hardcore version of the current car.
I saw this video and thought, what other hot-hatches didn't receive a hardcore variant that would make great project for doing so? It was a slow week in lock down admittedly, so in-between my chain eating of Sunday Roasts, I came up with the following list.
What is a Clubsport?
Before listing the various makes and models that I personally feel would make a great project for some OEM+ style modding, its probably a good idea to go over the core ingredients of a 'Clubsport variant'.
Think of the existing stable with these words tagged on: Trophy, Biposto, RS, Clubsport, GP etc.
Think what they all have in common; an emphasis on light weight & driving purity at the cost of practicality, increased performance both in a straight line and around the curves: sometimes with increased horsepower but not always.
Ford Fiesta ST (MK8)
Yet again, another great car already & already has improved version available; but with the strong aftermarket support existing for this car I feel we could still do better. Apply the recipe to the standard car and you'd receive quite a thing, but you could save yourself some work and start with a Performance Edition or the confusingly named Edition Edition & skip the lighter wheels & suspension. I don't feel this one would need more power or sound either, just the all important rear seat delete.
Suzuki Swift Sport 1.4T (Non-Hybrid)
Nicely equipped already (and actually sounds good with an exhaust) the 1.4T Swift Sport didn't get the same love as the earlier, purer 1.6 N/A variant, but having driven both the later car is vastly superior in my mind despite the hefty price tag (relatively). This would need more than the some of the other cars mentioned, but could be made to be a real B-road danger. Fancy suspension, bigger brakes, light weight wheels, rear seat delete, louder exhaust, a tune and some other breathing mods on the engine to get closer to 180bhp and frankly, I want one.
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