13 June 2016

The Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport S is officially the fastest front-wheel drive production car around the daunting Nürburgring Nordschleife race track. We take the 306bhp Clubsport S to the Nürburgring for a full test.

The Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport S is the hottest Golf GTI that Volkswagen has yet made. It has a 306bhp engine and only two seats; the rear bench having been thrown out during a weight saving process that has shaved 30kg from the standard GTI.

An advanced aerodynamic package and a range of suspension modifications means the Clubsport S laps the Nürburgring Nordschleife in 7m 49.21sec; faster than a Honda Civic Type-R, Renault Sport Megane Trophy R and Seat Leon Cupra 280.

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13 June 2016
Why not just one seat and slick tyres ?!

13 June 2016
Because not many people would buy a Golf with just one seat and slick tyres.

14 June 2016

14 July 2016
30kg is not a huge weight saving. You could save as much by not bringing a friend for a drive in it or only filling it with half a tank of petrol.
Surely the same savings could be made without taking out the rear seat bench which seems ridiculous in a road going hatchback. If somebody wanted a compromised machine they'd buy a Lotus or a Caterham. You would REALLY have to love front wheel drive to opt for this.
Do they also supply body colour tape to cover over the panel gaps to improve aerodynamics or would that be too much weight - I jest but whist the raw engineering sounds good the details sound a bit daft

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