The Clubsport S uses a 305bhp turbocharged 2.0-litre engine and ditches its rear seats to save weight, making it a more powerful, lighter version of the already trackworthy Clubsport.
The new hot model, which is more potent than even the Seat Leon Cupra 290, was spotted high-speed testing at the Nürburgring last week, and will go on sale later this year in limited production numbers. Volkswagen says 5000 units is the target.
Autocar reported earlier this year that such a model was being considered for production, and the arrival of these new spy pictures confirmed it had already progressed to the latter stages of development.
The car is expected to get its own suspension and damper settings to match the extra power available, and it should weigh a fair bit less than the Clubsport’s 1375kg, too.
It’s thought the Porsche 911 GT3 Clubsport has provided inspiration for Volkswagen’s hot project, suggesting it’ll have a track-focused demeanour that should make it a serious rival for the similarly focused Renaultsport Megane 275, which is available with optional race-spec Öhlins dampers.
Volkswagen has so far remained tight-lipped about the Clubsport S's price, but given that production will be limited to around 5000 cars, we know it'll be comfortably priced above the regular Clubsport and current hottest Golf, the Golf R, which sells from £31,125.