New Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport S revealed, smashes Nürburgring lap record

The Golf GTI Clubsport S flies over the start/finish line of the “Green Hell” like an arrow. With German racing driver Benny Leuchter (28) at the wheel, the most powerful Golf GTI ever has just smashed the existing lap record for front-wheel-drive production cars on the Nürburgring Nordschleife.

Future contenders will have to beat Leuchter’s time in the GTI: 07:49:21. This exclusive new sports car, based on the Golf GTI Clubsport, has been developed to celebrate the GTI’s 40th anniversary.

This exclusive GTI is a two-seater with a 310 PS engine and newly configured chassis. Only 400 of the limited edition Golf GTI Clubsport S, which can go from 0-62 mph in just 5.8 seconds, will be made.

Uniquely, the Golf GTI Clubsport S has a Nürburgring setting, which can be accessed using the driving profile selector.

The Nürburgring setting finetunes the adaptive chassis control DCC, engine, steering and sound to suit the Nordschleife.

The chassis of the Golf GTI Clubsport S was fine-tuned in extensive racetrack tests and completely reconfigured.

Wth the EU unladen weight reduced to 1,285 kg, the 310 PS results in a sports car power-to-weight ratio of 4.15 kg/PS. (EU unladen weight incl. driver and luggage: 1,360 kg).

New exhaust system sees tail pipes with an enlarged cross-section produce strong backfire when braking.

The Golf GTI Clubsport S comes with 19-inch alloy wheels (“Pretoria”) and semi-slicks.

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