Volkswagen has revealed the most powerful production version of its Golf GTI hot hatchback ever made, the Clubsport S.
The new model, which will sit at the very top of the Golf GTI range, above the incumbent Golf R – is powered by a 306bhp turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine, connected to a six-speed manual gearbox.
While Volkswagen hasn’t yet released any official performance figures for the front-wheel drive Clubsport S, it’s expected to accelerate from 0-60mph in less than 6.0sec, and have a limited top speed of 155mph. By comparison, the Golf R manages the 0-60mph sprint in 4.9sec (but has the benefit of four-wheel drive), and the regular Clubsport covers the same distance in 6.3sec.
Marking the Clubsport S out from its regular Clubsport sibling is a larger twin exhaust, additional S badging and new 19in alloy wheels. Inside, the car does without air conditioning – although buyers will be able to specify it as a no-cost option – and receives a smaller infotainment screen.
As well as its visual upgrades, the Clubsport S also gets a reworked suspension setup and upgraded brakes.
A modified version of the Clubsport S was used to smash the current lap record for front-wheel drive production cars at the iconic Nürburgring circuit in Germany. Volkswagen claimed a new record with a time of 7min 49.21sec – 1.4sec than the previous record holder, the Honda Civic Type R.
Only 400 examples of the Clubsport S will be made, and it’s expected to cost more than £35,000 when it goes on sale towards the end of this year.
While only a few lucky buyers will have the chance to own a Clubsport S, the regular Volkswagen Golf remains one of the most popular cars in the UK. See below for our full video review.