Analysing the Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport S’ record-breaking Nürburgring lap

We are just one month away from the limited-run Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport S being released across the UK, with the hot hatch already capturing attention in the motoring world.

This is because the stylish car was able to complete a lap of the Nürburgring in a time of 7 minutes and 49.21 seconds.

Such a time launched the Golf GTI Clubsport S into the history books, setting a speed that is 1.4 seconds faster than the lap time set by the Honda Civic Type R — the previous fastest front-wheel-drive car to have raced around the iconic German race course.

The time is even more impressive due to the fact that it puts the hot hatch less than 25 seconds away from being in the top 20 quickest cars to have completed a lap of the Nürburgring (full details of which can be seen in the following table). 20th position is currently held by the Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4; a coupe which clocked in 7 minutes and 25 seconds on the track.

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When analysing the numbers behind the VW Golf GTI Clubsport S, the car’s record-breaking feat shouldn’t be that surprising. The hot hatch is capable of producing 306bhp of power at 5,350-6,600rpm and torque of 380Nm at 1,700-5,300rpm. When behind the wheel, this translates to a car that can go from 0-62mph in a mere 5.8 seconds and then go on to reach a top speed of 165mph.

All of this for a vehicle that is also capable of achieving on average 38.1mpg and being able to limit its CO2 emissions to 172g/km.

Unfortunately, the initial UK batch of the Volkswagen VW Golf GTI Clubsport S has already sold out on release. However, Inchcape Volkswagen has a number of impressive alternatives in its VW Golf range, including the original Golf Clubsport and the Golf GTI.


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