Lapped the Nordschleife in 7 minutes and 49.21 seconds.

Volkswagen is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Golf GTI in speculator fashion by unveiling the Golf GTI Clubsport S which has just broken the front-wheel-drive production vehicle speed record at the Nürburgring.

Set to debut at Wörthersee tomorrow, the Golf GTI Clubsport S is a three-door hatchback that features an aggressive body kit and 19-inch Pretoria-style alloy wheels with semi-slick Michelin Sport Cup 2 tires.  The car also has bi-xenon headlights, LED daytime running lights, and tinted rear windows. In a nod to the original GTI, the model will be available exclusively in three original colors including Deep Black Pearl Effect, Pure White, and Tornado Red.

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The sporty styling continues in the interior as designers installed two light-weight racing seats, an Alcantara-wrapped sport steering wheel, and special seat belts with red accents.  Drivers will also find a golf ball shifter, piano black accents, and “Honeycomb 40” trim.

In order to ensure the Golf GTI Clubsport S is as light as possible, the interior has been stripped of the rear seats, center armrest, and some sound insulation.  Engineers also installed a smaller battery, aluminum brake covers, and an aluminum subframe for the front suspension.  These changes enable the car to weigh 2,998 pounds which is roughly 66 lbs less than a similarly equipped Golf GTI Clubsport.

Under the hood, the 2.0-liter TSI four-cylinder engine has been equipped with a new fuel pump, a sportier exhaust system, and an optimized ECU.  Thanks to these modifications, the engine produces 310 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque.  It is connected to a six-speed manual transmission which enables the car to accelerate from 0-62 miles per hour in 5.8 seconds before hitting a top speed of 162 mph.

Since the car was designed to set a new record at the Nürburgring, engineers created an exclusive Green Hell setting that can be accessed using the driving profile selector.  Volkswagen says the Nürburgring mode has been "fine-tuned to suit the unique conditions" of the track and this seems plausible as German racing driver Benny Leuchter lapped the Nordschleife in 7 minutes and 49.21 seconds earlier this month. 

Production of the Golf GTI Clubsport S will be limited to 400 units and 100 cars will be reserved for German customers.

Source: Volkswagen

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