All hail the conqueror of the Nurburgring race track, the
Volkswagen Golf GTI Club Sport S. This special hatchback
smashed the previous lap record for front-wheel production
vehicles with a time of 7 minutes and 49.21 seconds. The
previous record of 7 minutes and 50.63 seconds was held by the
Honda’s Civic Type R. The car is built to commemorate 40 years
of the iconic Golf GTI hatch. The car was driven by German race
driver Benny Leuchter. The Golf GTI Club Sport S is now the
most powerful GTI ever.
This achievement is no mean fete considering the Nurburgring
Nordschleife race track is unlike other tracks in the world.
While other tracks are relatively smooth, the Nurburgring
features many bumps and elevation changes and has many corners
which make driving at fast speeds very difficult. As such, the
new hatch had to been equipped with excellent driving dynamics
to suit such a challenging track.
Exterior and interior improvements
The new Volkswagen Golf GTI Club Sport S hatch weighs 1,363 kg
which is 15 kg less than the standard GTI. This weight loss is
courtesy of removal of the rear seats, center armrest, rear
doors, sound deadening material, rear parcel shelf, use of a
smaller battery, removal of the aluminum front sub-frame as
well as removal of the two-piece brake rotors.
However, saying that the engine and reduced curb weight are the
only features responsible for its excellent performance would
be a misstatement. Volkswagen has hooked up the hatch with an
array of performance-oriented features that all work together
to improve its performance. They include a retuned chassis with
a Nurburgring setting accessible via the driving profile
Others area set of 19-inch Pretoria alloy wheels wrapped in
stickier Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires and a 65 mm new
exhaust outlet rather than the 55 mm regular outlet. The new
exhaust system helps reduce backpressure and adds to the
soundtrack when brakes are applied.
It also features 17-inch brake system which better copes with
rise in temperatures. The brake’s disc bells are made of
aluminum and then mated to steel discs using cast location pins
which allow them to expand when they heat up. In addition, its
axles have been tuned while its WSC software has been
re-calibrated to specifically suit the hatch.
The vehicle also features Bi-xenon headlights with LED DRLs and
cornering lights. The rear features LED taillights and chromed
dual exhaust tips. It also features tinted rear windows which
VW says absorb up to 65% of light. In addition to the removal
of the rear seats, the vehicle features racing bucket seats
with red-lined seat belts. The steering wheel is wrapped in
Alcantara as is the gear knob. The steering wheel also has a
chrome GTI emblem, red contrast stitching and a 12-o’clock
position marked out.
Only 400 units will be built and each will have its production
number from (001/400) to (400/400) right on the center console.
The vehicle also features the “Honeycomb 40” decals on the
doors and the dash.
2017 Volkswagen Golf GTI Club Sport S Engine Specs
The 2017 Volkswagen Golf GTI Club Sport S packs an awesome
amount of power under its hood. In fact, it is the most
powerful Golf GTI ever made. The hatch is powered by a
turbocharged 2.0 L, 4-cylinder mill. This engine is adopted
from the Golf GTI TCR racer.
The engine is capable of a whopping 310 horses and 280 lb-ft of
torque from only 1700 rpm to 5,300 rpm. With this amount
of juice, the hatch hits 60 mph from a standstill in only 5.8
seconds and attains a top speed of 162 mph. This is aided by
its reduced weight. The engine is paired to a manual gearbox
that powers the front wheels as earlier mentioned.
Price and release date
VW showcased the hatch to the public during the recent
Worthersee tuner festival held on May 4. The automaker revealed
that the models would be delivered to showrooms later this
fall. Though official prices have not been set, we believe the
model will be priced at around £35,000.
Out of the 400 models that will be made, only a hundred will be
sold in Germany. The automaker also confirmed that the model
won’t be setting foot in North America meaning the market will
yet again miss out on a hot hatch.