With the arrival of May showers and the first rays of spring, it’s once again time for Volkswagen’s annual trip to the Worthersee festival in Austria. This event is a focal gathering place for VW enthusiasts, and the company has a special treat just for them, the GTI Clubsport S.
Designed to push the limits of the GTI, the Clubsport S adds several upgrades to the formula that amps up the overall driving experience. The bulk of the updates are found lurking under the hood with Volkswagen engineers shoehorning the 2.0 liter turbocharged four cylinder engine that is inspired by the Golf GTI TCR racecar. Volkswagen claims that the engine is only “technically” based on the stock 2.0 liter, but that’s a good thing thanks in part to the healthy 306 horsepower it produces. The tuned engine also makes 280 lb-ft of torque and allows the hot hatch to rocket to 62 mph in a blistering 5.8 seconds. This is a 0.7 second improvement over the stock GTI, and should really help the car excel in spirited track work.
In addition to the spicy engine upgrades, the Clubsport S also benefits from an extensive diet with the company releasing it as a two door with a standard issue six speed manual transmission. The bulky backseat was also pitched in the name of weight savings, and allows the car to weigh in at 2,998 lbs which is 30 lbs lighter than the lightest spec model that U.S. buyers can purchase.
However, it’s headline accomplishment was setting a new record for front wheel drive vehicles on the famed Nurburgring race track. VW revealed that the car posted a 7:49.21 lap time on the challenging course which helped it smash the old record, and claim the distinction of being the fastest front-wheel drive car to ever lap the circuit. This is mainly due to a track specific setting for the Dynamic Chassis control system as well as sticky Michelin Sport Cup 2 tires.
Volkswagen claims that production will be limited to 400 cars that will be scattered worldwide. The only exception to this, of course, is the U.S. market where tougher emissions and safety regulations will keep this tasty treat from reaching our shores