The new Golf GTI Clubsport S – officially the most powerful GTI ever – has smashed the lap record for front-wheel-drive cars on the Nürburgring Nordschleife, with a time of 07:49:21.
Sitting on 235/35 ZR Michelin tyres mounted on 19-inch wheels, the limited edition two-door, two-seat GTI is powered by a 306 bhp engine and goes from 0-62 mph in 5.8 seconds. The lap record car surpassed a top speed of 157 mph.
Based on the regular Golf GTI Clubsport, the Clubsport S has been developed to celebrate the GTI’s 40th anniversary and features a newly configured chassis as well as aerodynamics that have been completely redesigned.
While the Clubsport S shares the same six-speed manual gearbox as the standard GTI in order to keep weight down, there are changes elsewhere, namely, an aluminium front sub-frame and aluminium brake covers. The suspension and both front and rear axles have also been heavily revised.
Externally, both versions – the Clubsport and the Clubsport S – are characterised by new front bumpers, which are claimed to offer improvements in air supply to the engine, aerodynamics and frontal downforce.
At the rear, the roof-edge spoiler is significantly larger on the Clubsport versions than its counterpart on the Golf GTI and Golf GTI Performance. There’s also a new exhaust system that sees tail pipes with an enlarged cross-section.
On the inside, doing away with the rear seats, including the central armrest, for example, accounts for the car’s most noticeable weight saving. Volkswagen claims the car manages an unladen weight of 1,285 kg, which makes it nearly 30 kg lighter than the standard Clubsport.
The Clubsport S will be limited to a production run of just 400 cars, 100 of which will be delivered to customers in Germany.