Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport S Debuts At Nurburgring
|   Monday, May 16, 2016
Volkswagen celebrates in great style 40 years since the presentation of the first Golf GTI generation. During the Festival at W├Ârthersee, traditionally dedicated to fans of the German brand, Volkswagen will unveil a special version of the Golf 7 GTI which will become the most powerful and fastest GTI of all times. Its official name: Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport S.

In fact, the launch of the vehicle is not a major surprise in itself. That's because the German brand preferred to offer for the Golf Clubsport S, a powerful launch, announcing that the new model became the fastest compact car with front wheel drive on the track at Nurburgring.
The German model had an official time of 7 minutes, 49 seconds, surpassing the previous record held by a pre-production version of the current Honda Civic Type R.

The numbers get even more interesting when comparing performance on the Nurburgring circuit with a Golf GTI Performance Pack (230 hp): 8 minutes and 26 seconds, therefore nearly 40 seconds weaker than that of the Golf GTI Clubsport S.

The explanations are many and related to the technical side because Volkswagen has decided that the hottest GTI version of history will be devoted to GTI purists.
Thus, with the Clubsport S treatment, the Golf GTI gets rid of most elements of interior comfort: rear bench seat, climate control system, or sound system. In addition, a roll cage appears, sports seats, red colored seat belts, sport steering wheel wrapped in Alcantara, and a new version of the TSI engine with a displacement of 2.0 liters, which now stands at 310 hp and 380 Nm of torque. That is 10 hp in addition to the Golf R, the model which provides among other things four-wheel drive.

The gearbox is a manual one, with six speeds, because Volkswagen engineers have preferred this version seeing that it's lighter by 20 kilograms compared to an automatic DSG gearbox; set to sport mode it would manage gears shifts better on the the Nurburgring circuit, but was penalized in terms of weight. Overall, the Golf GTI Clubsport S has 30 kilograms less compared to the GTI's normal version.

In these circumstances, the new Golf GTI Clubsport S manages to accelerate from 0 to 100 km / h in 5.8 seconds and has a top speed of 265 km / h.
The German engineers have operated significant changes to the suspension, and brakes system too.

The new Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport S differs from a typically Clubsport through its "Pretoria" 19-inch wheels, shod in Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 performance tires, the inscription "Clubsport S" on the side, sport exhaust system with a diameter of 65 mm, which throws flames during braking, and tinted side windows.
On the outside, only the 400 customers who will come into possession of a copy will be able to choose one of three colors: white, red or black.

However, although the German model defeated the Japanese model, the latter remains more practical, with five doors and five seats. We are waiting for an answer from Honda, which most likely will not be the creation of a more dynamic version of the Civic Type R, but rather they will try to beat the record with the current version.
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