It takes a lot of new parts to increase the Clubsport S' output so significantly.
The Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport S is already the fastest front-wheel drive vehicle around the Nürburgring Nordschleife, and the tuners at B&B Automobiltechnik are now offering a serious power upgrade that could shave a few more tenths off a lap. The firm can improve the hot hatch’s other attributes, too.
In stock trim, the Golf GTI Clubsport makes 262 horsepower (195 kilowatts) or 286 hp (213 kW) during ten seconds of overboost. The S turns up the heat to 306 hp (228 kW). B&B Automobiltechnik goes even further by taking the output to an astounding 473 hp (353 kW) and 457 pound-feet (620 Newton-meters) of torque.
The company claims that these upgrades allow the sprint to 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) to drop to 4.5 seconds rather than the stock 6.3 seconds, and 124 mph (200 kph) arrives in an alleged 12.8 seconds, rather than the stock 22.5 seconds. The top speed reportedly grows to 177 mph (285 kph) instead of the usual 155 mph (250 kph).
The tuner must install an array of parts for 12,950 euro ($13,530 at current exchange rates) to achieve these huge improvements. A modified intake sends more oxygen to an upgraded turbo, and a larger charge air cooler lets the system run additional boost. A higher capacity fuel pump and improved injectors make sure the engine doesn’t starve for gasoline. A new exhaust with a sports catalytic converter reduces back pressure. B&B Automobiltechnik also recommends adding a supplementary oil cooler for an extra 1,298 euros ($1,360).
For customers looking to spend less, B&B Automobiltechnik also offers power upgrades for the Clubsport that take output to 355 hp (265 kW), 380 hp (283 kW), and 424 hp (316 kW). All of these kits also remove the top-speed limiter and come with upgraded software for the dual-clutch gearbox, if the vehicle has it.
In addition to providing engine tuning, B&B Automobiltechnik can sharpen the Clubsport’s already impressive handling. The company’s spring kit slices 1.2 inches (30 millimeters) off the ride height. Buyers can match the parts with KW V3 shocks that add control over the bounce, rebound, and height. Optional 13.5-inch (342-mm) front brake rotors improve stopping power and fit behind the stock wheels. A 14.6-inch (370-mm) set of discs requires at least 19-inch wheels to fit.
We'd like to see this tuned beast lap the 'Ring and see how its time compares to the stock Clubsport S.
Source: B&B Automobiltechnik
Gallery: Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport S by B&B Automobiltechnik
PRESS RELEASE - B&B Automobiltechnik VW Golf VII GTI Clubsport / S
B&B Automobiltechnik: 480 hp / 620 Nm for the GTI Clubsport
The latest release from tuning specialist B&B Automobiltechnik is a four-stage
upgrade programme for the VW Golf VII GTI Clubsport and its even more hardcore
The pinnacle of these B&B upgrades sees power and torque of the GTI
Clubsport / S increased from 265 hp / 350 Nm, or 310 hp / 380 Nm in the case of
the S variant, to a rousing 480 hp and 620 Nm (12,950 euro). This huge output
bump reduces the 0-100 km/h sprint from 6.3 sec to a mere 4.5 sec, while the 0-
200 km/h time is nearly chopped in half, dropping from 22.5 to just 12.8 sec. Top
speed goes up from 250 km/h to over 285 km/h.
These dramatic performance hikes are achieved through the use of a special
turbocharger. More intake ram air is ingested by a modified intake system, while
a larger and more efficient charge air cooler allows the system to run with higher
boost pressure. The extra fuelling is taken care of by a higher capacity fuel
pump feeding uprated injectors.
On the exhaust side, a race exhaust system with sports catalytic converter
reduces backpressure, and is responsible for the more purposeful exhaust note.
The B&B supplementary oil cooler system (1,298 euro) reduces the oil
temperature by up to 25 degrees C, and is recommended for all the enhanced
power stages of the 2.0-litre turbocharged motor.
Smaller power kits with 360 hp / 265 kW / 460 Nm (1,298 euro), 385 hp / 283 kW
/ 480Nm (3,950 euro) and 430 hp / 316 kW / 550 Nm (7,950 euro) make up the
first three stages of the B&B tuning programme. The Vmax de-limit software is
included in every stage, while cars equipped with the DSG gearbox receive
bespoke software as well.
To further reduce exhaust backpressure and exhaust gas temperatures, B&B
offers a special downpipe with sports catalytic converter (from 1.398 euro),
which releases an extra 15 hp / 11 kW. The soundtrack and looks are further
improved by B&B’s cat-back sports exhaust system (from 1.398 euro).
The ultimate power trip comes from the B&B racing exhaust system with metal
catalyst (from 2,795 euro), which delivers an extra 20 hp / 15 kW while reducing
the thermal load on the engine and turbocharger.
For customers who feel the four-cylinder soundtrack is too weak can avail
themselves of B&B’s bespoke sound generator (from 998 euro). This changes
the soundtrack of the GTI Clubsport in steps all the way up to a V8 roar and is
operated by a remote control unit.
To optimise the driving characteristics and the look of the GTI Clubsport, B&B
offer a sports spring kit (298 euro) that lowers the cars ride height by around 30
mm. More press-on drivers will appreciate the B&B/KW V3 coilover suspension
kit (1,798 euro). Adjustable for ride height as well as bounce and rebound
control, this suspension kit takes chassis performance to the next level.
B&B’s high-performance brake system (from 3,495 euro), significantly improves
retardation during sporty driving or emergency situations. Using 342 mm front
brake discs, the system can be used with the original 18-inch wheels. The
optional larger brake system with 370 mm front discs requires at least 19-inch
For improved looks and grip on the tarmac, the B&B B10 light alloy wheel design
is available in up to 8.5x20-inch dimensions, shod with 235/30R20 tyres (from
3,298 euro per set). Other wheels are available also in more modest 18 and 19-
inch sizes (from 1,950 euro).