Video: Here’s some footage of Volkswagen beating the Nürburgring record with the Golf GTI Clubsport S

Volkswagen recently had a nice claim to fame, setting aside all of the bad press regarding Dieselgate, by setting a new record for the fastest production front-wheel drive car to complete the Nürburgring Nordschleife circuit.

To prove that it actually happened, Wolfsburg released some footage of their winning attempt via AutoCar, as proof that they did it, you know, just in case you thought they were full of shit, because Volkswagen hasn’t lied about anything in the past as of recent….oh, wait…

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Anyway, as a refresher, the car that took the title as the fastest was the Golf GTI Clubsport S, an even higher-performance variant of the already quick GTI and a substitute for the now defunct, Volkswagen Golf R420.

Originally, Volkswagen was going to reveal and launch an even hotter Golf, that they revealed at the Beijing Auto Show a few years back. But due to the damages incurred by Dieselgate, Volkswagen had to pull the plug on what could’ve been the world’s most powerful and fastest Golf GTI ever made. The Golf GTI Clubsport S is regarded as some as the next-best thing that they were able to do, given the context of recent events.

Power is provided by a revised 2.0L TFSI turbocharged four-banger, massaged to churn out 310hp and 280 lb-ft of torque. Significant weight savings were also accomplished by removing the rear bench seats, equipping only a manual six-speed rower, and more. 0-62 happens in just 5.8 seconds while the Golf GTI’s Clubsport S tops out at 162 MPH.

Check out the video below.

– By: Chris Chin

Source: Volkswagen via AutoCar’s YouTube / AutoCar

Chris Chin

Chris Chin is the Editor-In-Chief of egmCarTech and is a regular contributor to Automobile Magazine.

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