VW Golf GTI Clubsport S Just Smashed Its Own Nurburgring Lap Record

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.


  • Bob

    Love the disclaimer. Makes one wonder with dieselgate and all…

  • Skip

    I want one 🙁 also, 0-60 time sure seems slow for that hp/weight

    • anonymous

      Front-wheel drive. Makes putting down power a bit difficult.

      Give it AWD and it’ll give Focus RS a run for its money. But then an AWD GTI makes no sense.

    • monkey god

      The 0-60 time suffers because GTI is a front wheel drive which means launching it is slow when compared to a RWD or AWD car. However, this weakness is less of a factor when it comes to Nurbringring laptimes

  • The Golf GTI’s allure has always been it’s ability to offer sports car excitement with everyday practicality, 2 seats with no room for for the kids/ friends at the back is contrary to that.

    Civic Type R please.

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