We already knew what was coming as Volkswagen has hinted and there were reports on the record attempt – and now it’s official, the GTI Clubsport S posted a time of 7 minutes and 49.21 seconds.
We like such records coming from automakers instead of hearing how many million dollars were spent to hide emission and fuel consumption figures from the public. As such, this time around VW is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Golf GTI in a positive manner. They decided to deliver the Golf GTI Clubsport S limited edition – which is now the record holder for the front-wheel-drive production vehicle section in terms of quickest lap around the famed Nurburgring racetrack. The model will be officially presented to the wide audience during the Worthersee meeting, and it’s a three-door hatchback packing an aggressive body kit and 19-inch Pretoria-style alloy wheels with semi-slick Michelin Sport Cup 2 tires.
We also noticed the bi-xenon headlights, LED daytime running lights, tinted rear windows and in homage to the original GTI it has been decided only three – original – colors will be available: Deep Black Pearl Effect, Pure White, and Tornado Red. In the cockpit there are two light-weight racing seats, an Alcantara-wrapped sport steering wheel, and special seat belts with a red finish. Other niceties include a “Honeycomb 40” trim, a golf ball shifter as well as piano black accents. Making sure the Clubsport S is light was a main preoccupation so the cabin lacks the rear seats, center armrest, and some sound insulation. Engineers also opted for a smaller battery, aluminum brake covers, and an aluminum subframe for the front suspension. Thanks to the modifications, the model tips the scales at 2,998 pounds – 66 lbs less than a normal Golf GTI Clubsport.
Sitting under the hood is a 2.0-liter TSI four-cylinder engine that packs a new fuel pump, a custom exhaust system and an optimized ECO – allowing it to bring the power level to 310 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. It has been linked to a six-speed manual transmission and the 62 mph acceleration lasts 5.8 seconds – with the S topping out at 162 mph.
To celebrate the Nurburgring record, the model also boasts an exclusive Green Hell setting via the driving profile selector and Volkswagen says this mode is “fine-tuned to suit the unique conditions” of the track. This is rather obvious since German racing driver Benny Leuchter posted a time of 7 minutes and 49.21 seconds sometimes this month. The production run will go for 400 units, 100 of them reserved for buyers in Germany.