Clearly VW thought that the ultimate version of the Golf GTI could lap the Nurburgring even faster than the record-worthy 7:49.29 lap time, so they went back and did it all over again.
On October 26 and in what VW calls perfect conditions for another record-breaking attempt, the Golf GTI Clubsport S managed to get around the iconic track in 7:47.19, more than two seconds faster than its previous attempt.
With the previous record standing already 1.4 seconds faster than that of the Civic Type R, the VW Golf GTI Clubsport S has now widened even more the gap between them, making it the ’Ring’s undisputed FWD champion.
The most track focused Golf in the history of the brand is powered by a 306hp turbocharged 2.0-litre TFSI engine which combined with an unladen weight of 1285kg (1360kg with driver), allows it to accelerate from zero to 62mph (0-100km/h) in 5.8 seconds and reach a top speed of 164mph (265km/h).
Produced in just 400 units, the VW Golf GTI Clubsport S ditches the rear bench for a strut brace, as well as most of the sound deadening for added lightness, with the company only offering with a six-speed manual gearbox.