Last fall, Volkswagen announced the Golf GTI Clubsport, an upgraded version of the GTI that wasn’t quite as powerful as a Golf R. It also wasn’t ever planned to be released in the United States, unfortunately. In any case, they’ve now announced an upgraded version of the Golf GTI Clubsport called the Clubsport S that IS more powerful than a Golf R. Sadly, it STILL won’t be coming to the U.S., but we’ll tell you all about it anyway because the VW Golf GTI Clubsport S is a front-wheel-drive monster.
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Golf GTI Clubsport
The Clubsport was announced last fall with a lot more horsepower than the regular GTI, 261 to be exact. That’s not up to par with the Golf R’s 292 hp, but the Clubsport has a trick up its sleeve in the form of an overboost feature. When enabled, it would temporarily boost the car up to 286 hp. Still not quite as much as the Golf R, but consider that the Clubsport puts all that power through the front wheels. The Golf R, with its 4MOTION all-wheel-drive system and luxury amenities, weighs 300 to 400 pounds more than a Golf GTI. Common wisdom says it takes about 10 hp to move an extra 100 pounds of car, so theoretically the Clubsport could be significantly quicker around the track despite having slightly less power.
Golf GTI Clubsport S
The newly announced Clubsport S, on the other hand, completely eliminates the Golf R’s power advantage, and then some. It’s slated to have 305 to 310 hp when it launches, a nice bump in power output, and it doesn’t rely on overboost tricks to get there. That 300+ hp will be pushed through the front wheels at all times. What’s more, the Clubsport S is said to be lightweight to the extreme. Volkswagen has removed the back seats, the sound dampening materials, and presumably other bits and bobbles that you don’t need in order to go really fast around the track. That should make it even quicker still than the Golf R. The ultimate goal is supposedly to become the fastest front-wheel-drive car around the Nurburgring, breaking the record held by the Honda Civic Type R.