Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport S sets Nurburgring Record
The Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport S recently broke the Nurburgring lap record for front-wheel-drive production vehicles, besting the record set by the Honda Civic Type R. The Clubsport S was able to circle the legendary track in 7:49:21, shaving 1.4 seconds off the time site by the Honda. Built to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Golf GTI, The Clubsport S is the most powerful version of the GTI ever produced.
Set to be unveiled at Lake Worthsee , the Clubsport S is the most aggressive GTI ever produced having a track focus and more specifically, optimized for the Nurburgring. Set to be unveiled at Lake Worthsee the first week in May at the World’s largest gathering of modified VWs, Volkswagen will build just 400 Golf GTI Clubsport S ‘ with 100 units allocated for Germany.
The 2.0-liter TSI engine puts out 305 horsepower and 225 foot pounds of torque between 1,700 and 5,300 RPM. With an unladen weight (including the driver and luggage) of just 2,998, power is sufficient to propel the Clubsport S from 0 to 62 miles per hour in just 5.8 seconds, accelerating all the way to a maximum top speed of 162 miles per hour.
The team that built that Clubsport S is the same one that developed the Golf GTI TCR for the TCR International Series. As a result, many racing-related attributes are built into the road-going GTI. Additional high performance enhancements to the powertrain of the Clubsport S come in the form of a modified engine control unit, a larger fuel pump and a new exhaust system that reduces backpressure, increasing performance.
A secondary goal for any track-ready car is weight reduction and the Clubsport S is no exception. All unnecessary weight was reduced or eliminated starting with the rear passenger compartment, rendering the vehicle a two-seater. Additional items eliminated or reduced include insulation the use of lighter weight aluminum suspension components.
Running 19 inch aluminum alloy wheels wrapped in Michellin semi-slicks, the Clubsport S comes in a variety of modes including Comfort, Normal, Race and Nurburgring, setting, optimizing the vehicle for maximum speed on the iconic track.
Only one transmission is available on the Golf GTI Clubsport S, a six-speed manual and like the original GTI forty years ago, comes in only three colors, Pure White, Tornado Red, and Deep Black. The roof of the S will be painted black on the red and white colored cars.