Brits bought all 150 cars in the blink of an eye.
VW is making only 400 units of its front-wheel-drive Nürburgring king and U.K. will be getting the lion’s share with 150 cars. The bad news is you can’t buy one anymore in the not-so-United Kingdom since the Golf GTI Clubsport S has already reached sold-out status in just three months after being officially revealed. It had a starting price of £33,995, thus making it significantly more expensive than another high-powered special edition, the GTI Clubsport Edition 40 available from £30,935 and limited to 1,000 examples.
While the “Edition 40” offers 265 horsepower from its turbocharged 2.0-liter engine, the Clubsport S ups the power ante to a mighty 310 hp, so it’s even stronger than the all-paw, 300-hp Golf R. The massive power bump over the regular GTIs has helped the range-topping version take down the ‘Ring record for a front-wheel-drive car by posting a lap time of 7 minutes and 49.21 seconds.
The ‘Ring performance was possible not only by increasing the engine’s output, but also by shaving off fat to enable a relatively impressive low weight of 1,285 kilograms (2,832 pounds). To do that, VW removed the rear seats, floor mats, parcel shelf, variable luggage compartment floor, hood damping, and also eliminated some of the insulation material.
For the same purpose, the Golf GTI Clubsport S comes exclusively with a manual gearbox which is obviously lighter than the DSG transmission available for the regular GTIs. It doesn’t even have air conditioning, but VW says buyers can add it as a no-cost option. However, doing so will increase the car’s weight by approximately 10 kg (22 lbs).
As far as performance is concerned, the high-powered FWD hatch runs to 62 mph (100 kph) from a standstill in only 5.8 seconds and will max out at a respectable 164 mph (264 kph). You get the full 310 hp from 5,800 rpm, whereas the peak torque of 380 newton-meters (280 pound-feet) comes in at 1,850 rpm.
A special edition to celebrate the Golf GTI’s 40th anniversary, the Clubsport S will start reaching customers from early October.