335 HP VW Golf GTI Clubsport has performance figures to rival against Focus RS and Mercedes-AMG A45; gets 80 Nm more torque than standard model
VW’s hardcore Golf GTI Clubsport S gained the title of fastest front-wheel-drive production car on the Nürburgring by outpacing the bigger BMW M4 and Dodge Hellcat earlier this year. It mastered a full lap on the Nordschleife in 07:49.21 when competing against 306 hp Honda Civic Type R, the 425 hp BMW M4 and the 707 hp Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat.
The impressive feat was achieved courtesy of the re-tuned 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder pushing out 306 hp and 380 Nm of peak torque at between 1,700 and 5,300 rpm. It was 30 kg lighter over the regular GTI Clubsport and had the rear-seat bench removed. A smaller battery, aluminum subframe and brake covers were added alongside fitting a six-speed manual gearbox.
It had specially tuned chassis and electronics besides Dynamic Chassis Control system with ‘Nürburgring Setting’, 19-inch Pretoria alloy wheels, semi-slick tyres, a new exhaust system, XDS+ vehicle dynamics function, front differential lock, etc. Volkswagen built only 400 examples of the Golf GTI Clubsport S which received bespoke bumpers, , ball gear knob with Alcantara trim, racing bucket seats, Honeycomb 40 design decals as well.
Unfazed by the fastest front-wheel drive production car record, ABT Sportsline has introduced the entry-level Clubsport with a new performance package that could send the Clubsport S into all sorts of worries. ABT modified the 265 hp engine to increase the output to 335 hp and with 80 Nm boost, it now makes 430 Nm peak torque.
ABT did not release any lap times but the numbers itself are very promising. It has a tuned suspension offering stiffened ride and importantly faster response to bumps and underbody aerodynamics. The brakes get upgrade in the form of six-piston calipers that are fitted to a set of 18-inch or 20-inch lightweight alloy wheels. More add-ons are expected for further increase in performance and external appearance.