The new VW Golf GTi Clubsport S is now officially the fastest front-wheel-drive car ever to lap the Nurburgring Nordschleife, setting a scarcely believable time of 7min 49.21secs.
You need serious firepower and serious hardware to turn that much speed and the GTi CS S has lots of both.
The firepower comes from a 2.0 TSi engine tuned up to 306bhp – making it the most powerful Golf there has ever been. The 0-62mph sprint is dealt with in just 5.8secs, while top speed is an unlimited 165mph.
Losing the back seat helps drop weight down to 1285kg; the front seats have been switched to proper racing buckets, while the rest of the interior is dotted with lots of model-specific trim details.
Underneath, the running gear has been strengthened to withstand the kind of loads a front diff lock and 19in semi-slick tyres generate. The traction control has been retuned to cope – ESC Sport mode eases it back considerably and it can be switched off all together.
The aero has been fettled as well, with new bumpers and a big rear spoiler.
Much more interesting than all this, though, is the ‘Nurburgring Nordschleife setting’; essentially it’s a max-attack mode that sets the car up to tackle the uniquely bumpy, twisty and very fast Green Hell. Or a favourite B-road.
400 examples of the VW Golf GTi Clubsport S be built; there’s no word yet how many will be available in the UK or just how big the price tag will be.
Finally, a hat-tip to Benny Leuchter, the extremely talented and brave pro racer behind the wheel for the record-breaking lap. On this basis he should probably be much better known than he is.
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By Only Motors