December 29, 2016 @ 05:42 PM

Golf Clubsport S cracks its own ‘Ring time

Cool weather helps it cold-heartedly cut two seconds off and leave the competition further behind

Volkswagen gave its engineers the green light to go bonkers with its icon, the Golf GTI. The result is the most powerful Golf GTI ever with 306hp and 380Nm of torque. It’s called the Golf GTI Clubsport S and you can’t buy one, mostly because they only made 400 units and they’ve all been spoken for obviously.

Back in May, the strictly two-seater set a Nürburgring lap time of 7:49.21, at the time a record for a production front-wheel drive car. With it being winter now, the cool weather forms the perfect platform to trim some seconds off that time, something Volkswagen was keen to capitalise on.

Piloted by Benny Leuchter, the very same development driver that clocked the initial record, the Golf GTI Clubsport S slashed the record by 2.02 seconds for a time of 7:47.19.

The only difference between the unit deployed for the record run and the actual production units is a roll-cage for safety and judging from the video of the lap, Leuchter would have appreciated it. Driving like a man possessed, he gave 101 per cent by riding every inch of kerbing and occasionally more to set the new time.

Development for the GT Clubsport S focussed primarily on weight reduction for a more committed experience. You can only have it with a six-speed manual, no heavier DSG transmission here. Cutting down the doors means only the three-door body can be had, not the bulkier five-door. New aero elements improves downforce and the electronic chassis control systems were tweaked as well for more driver involvement.

To see how potent the GTI Clubsport S is, Car UK did a massive comparison between all the hot Golfs that pitched the GTE, GTD, GTI, R, Clubsport and Clubsport S together to find that hole in one. No surprises that the Clubsport S left even the R in its wake. Check out the video below of the ‘Ring run and the six Golf bender here.

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