VW Golf GTI Clubsport Mk8 debuts with 300 HP, Nürburgring Mode

14-10-2020 12:40
The eighth-gen Volkswagen Golf GTI hot hatch debuted this spring, and today, the range-topping Clubsport modification joins it with added power and a driving mode called Special.

The eighth-gen Volkswagen Golf GTI hot hatch debuted this spring, and today, the range-topping Clubsport modification joins it with added power and a driving mode called Special.

Compared against the regular GTI with its 245 hp (183 kW) and 370 Nm (273 lb-ft) of torque, the new Clubsport squeezes 300 hp (224 kW) and up to 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque from its two-liter turbo four-pot. Its predecessor emerged four years ago as a special edition meant to celebrate 40 years of the Golf GTI and had 265 hp (198 kW) under the hood. You could use a mode called Overboost to increase the output to 290 hp (216 kW) for ten seconds. Then there was the Clubsport S with its 310 hp (231 kW), which came out in a series of 400 units and was the Nürburgring’s fastest FWD passenger car at the time. It could hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.8 seconds and maxed out at 260 km/h (161 mph). The latest iteration revealed today still needs slightly less than six seconds to reach 100 km/h, and the top speed amounts to 250 km/h (155 mph).

The new Clubsport only ships with a seven-speed DSG transmission, whereas the standard GTI goes manual, too. It features an electromechanical diff lock, redesigned chassis and wheel camber, a 15mm (0.6”) lower ride height, a squared-off steering wheel, performance brakes, special aerodynamic trim and assorted sporty décor. The entry-level trim offers more equipment, and you can now fully deactivate stability control if you want to (it will still automatically re-engage in dire emergencies).

Whereas the “normal” Golf GTI has four powertrain modes named Comfort, Eco, Individual and Sport, the Clubsport version introduces a fifth mode called Special. The company claims that you can reduce your Nürburgring lap time by choosing this mode, even though the Sport Mode has stiffer suspension settings. No specific lap times are provided, but Volkswagen says the newcomer shaves 13 seconds off the result of the regular GTI. It remains to be seen whether it can dethrone the current FWD hot hatch champion, the Renault Megane R.S. Trophy-R.

The Golf family will later expand to incorporate the Golf GTI TCR (300 hp / 224 kW) and Golf R AWD (333 hp / 248 kW).

Editor Andrew Raspopov
  • Comments
    | 0
  • Facebook
  • VK
    | 0

Forma Car Recommends

Technology 03-12-2020
Co-designed by the two leading Korea automakers, the e-GMP architecture lends itself exclusively to all-electric vehicles and will provide the basis for the Ioniq 5 SUV coming up next year.
Car Tuning 29-11-2020
If you were invited to a hill climb race, what kind of car would you pick for the job? Definitely not a muscle car like the Ford Mustang, right? Well, color us surprised: someone actually did just that.
Novelties 27-11-2020
The SsangYong Rexton is a body-on-frame SUV that went into a new generation in 2017, but never became particularly popular on the market. The South Korean company now unveils its “brand new” international version, which is technically a mid-gen refresh.
Car Tuning 24-11-2020
A year and a half ago, Alpina devised a complex performance upgrade plan for the BMW i8 hybrid coupe, but ditched it before production. Read on to find out why.
Technology 20-11-2020
While Mercedes surely isn’t in a hurry to reveal the engine lineup of the new Maybach S-Class, it still wants us to know what we can pay for to make the opulent executive saloon even more spectacular.
Auto Show 20-11-2020
Ford will be revealing a buggy-shaped Bronco Badlands Sasquatch Concept, a beefed-up Mustang Mach-E 1400 and a few other new vehicles at the upcoming online SEMA show.
Novelties 19-11-2020
The long-awaited Lamborghini Huracan STO (stands for ‘Super Trofeo Omologata’) is finally here. Let us see what this road-legal track weapon is all about.
Novelties 13-11-2020
Prancing Horse’s flagship hypercar has dropped its top in the newest SF90 Spider edition, the world’s fastest-accelerating car of its type that leaves even the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse and the Porsche 918 Spyder behind.
Novelties 12-11-2020
Apparently, the Rivian R1S SUV will begin from U.S. $77,500 on its domestic market of North America, and the R1T pickup truck will start from $75,000.
Novelties 10-11-2020
Land Rover has been exceptionally prolific over the past several months, rolling out updates for nearly its entire vehicle range including the Range Rover, Range Rover Sport, Range Rover Evoque, Discovery Sport and Range Rover Velar. Naturally, it was only a matter of time until the regular Discovery got its share of attention, too.
Technology 28-10-2020
Porsche has updated its Cayenne PHEV model to the latest spec, giving it larger batteries to enable longer all-electric trips.
Reviews 27-10-2020
Nissan has shared a short film dedicated to the history of its Navara/Frontier pickup and simultaneously teased us its facelifted version coming up on November 5, 2020.
Novelties 27-10-2020
McLaren has released another portion of information concerning its upcoming electrified supercar. The still-unnamed hybrid will offer 600+ hp (450+ kW) and will start a new range of luxury sports vehicles.
Car Tuning 26-10-2020
It’s only October, but some people seem anxious to see 2020 out of the door – an idea we frankly can absolutely get behind. For its part, tune-up shop Manhart offers us a cheerful Christmas-themed, power-boosted Mini John Cooper Works.
Car Tuning 24-10-2020
Suspension lift counts among the most frequent modifications of SUVs and pickup trucks, but the important thing to remember is that it does not directly translate into better off-road performance. Sometimes it is there purely for show – and this Ford F-250 is no exception.