VW Golf GTI Clubsport S Breaks Honda Civic Type R Nurburgring Record

There’s a new front-wheel-drive champion when it comes to Nurburgring lap times.

The VW Golf GTI Clubsport S has taken the crown from the Honda Civic Type R, posting a Nurburgring lap time of 7 minutes, 49.21 seconds. The exclusive new vehicle that is based on the Golf GTI Clubsport will make its debut at Lake Worthersee this week, sporting 305 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. According to the German automaker, the VW Golf GTI Clubsport S hits 62 mph from a standstill in 5.8 seconds and has a top speed of 162 mph, while tipping the scales at 2,998 pounds.

The hot hatch will be limited to just 400 units worldwide with 100 of them being delivered to customers in Germany. Colors will be limited to those of the original GTI, which include Tornado Red, Pure White and Deep Black Pearl Effect. And to keep weight as low as possible, it is based on the two-door Golf model with a manual transmission.

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As a pure two-seater, the VW Golf GTI Clubsport S also has a smaller battery and lacks insulation while the variable-height trunk floor, rear parcel shelf and the floor mats have pushed the weight down even further. Also assisting in the diet is an aluminum subframe for the front suspension and aluminum brake covers.

On all four corners of this exclusive Golf are 19-inch “Pretoria” wheels wrapped with Michelin Sport Cup 2 tires.

Given that the Golf R 400 has now been canceled, enthusiasts can take solace that Volkswagen is offering a Golf GTI Clubsport S that is quick enough to hold the lap record for front-wheel-drive vehicles at the Nurburgring.

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