Volkswagen to debut VW Golf GTI Clubsport S during Wörthersee image

The German automaker has revealed its desire to take the wraps off a new limited series based off the Golf GTI Clubsport during next week’s 35th edition of the Wörthersee Meet.

Already caught on camera by the praying eye of the spy photographers, the hardcore version of the Golf GTI Clubsport has been labeled by VW as their “most powerful full-production Golf to date.” The model is not yet reaching the credentials of the Focus RS and it’s still a front-wheel-drive car, with the upcoming special edition treated to 310 horsepower (228 kilowatts), which is actually more than what the all-wheel-drive, 300-hp Golf R has to show for. Aside from tipping us to the power level, Volkswagen has also announced the model’s driving profile is being tutored for the Nürburgring tourist laps – though the automaker has also enlisted some racing drivers to help with the development. If we know our Wolfsburg speak, then we’re looking at a model that will attempt to snatch a new record for the front wheel drive category on the Ring’s infamous Nordschleife.

The record is currently held – depending on who you ask – by the Civic Type R prototype, with the Honda model taking the hot lap in 7:50.63. Or given this isn’t a production version yet, the official pass could be granted to the Renault Megane RS 275 Trophy-R, which completed the course in 7:54.36. Now that the ‘Ring’s speed limits have been officially axed, the German machine might attempt to bring it below the 7:50 level. Volkswagen has said the Clubsport S will be a “full-production” car, but we’re reading it as a limited production model since just 5,000 units will be produced.