It set a new record for FWD cars, and it hasn’t given up yet.
We already know the Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport S can lap the Nürburgring in a blistering 7:49, and here’s a look at just how the hot hatch handles the famous track.
A limited-run model introduced earlier this year, the Clubsport S is limited to just 400 units. It builds on the regular Golf GTI Clubsport but goes for all-out track performance. The 2.0-liter turbo-four engine gets amped up to 310 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque, all channeled to the front wheels by way of a six-speed manual transmission. To help optimize how much acceleration that power creates, Volkswagen put the GTI Clubsport on a serious diet that shed 55 pounds; the S does without a back seat, a center armrest, and sound insulation, plus uses aluminum brake components, an aluminum front subframe, and a lightweight battery.
Along with the extra power and reduced weight, the Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport S gets a new, lowered suspension with a special Nürburgring tune designed to help the dampers cope with the ‘Ring’s bumpy surface. Michelin Sport Cup 2 tires ensure there’s plenty of grip at all times.
This clip shows that the Clubsport S can carry serious pace through the corners, even if the driver doesn’t appear to be hammering at 100 percent. Also clearly on display are the car’s visual enhancements, which include 19-inch “Pretoria” wheels, a black-painted roof, tinted rear windows, and a new body kit with a large rear spoiler and rear diffuser.
All told, the Clubsport S is a serious machine for setting a quick lap on the ‘Ring -- that quick time is faster, even, than the 7:58 lap time set by the 365-hp BMW M2.