2017 VW Golf GTI Clubsport S: 40 Years of Hot Hatchback Lineage
Over the past several decades, the Volkswagen Golf GTI has given consumers a hot hatch that blends incredible performance with a versatile, refined and stylish design. Built to celebrate 40 years of its iconic hot hatchback lineage, the limited-production 2017 Golf GTI Clubsport S is the most powerful ever version of the Golf GTI. If you’re wondering what is the top speed of the 2017 Golf GTI Clubsport S, then continue reading.
Impressive Performance of the 2017 VW Golf GTI Clubsport S
The 2017 VW Golf GTI Clubsport S reaches a top speed of 162 mph and delivers a 0 to 62 mph acceleration time in just 5.8 seconds. Volkswagen’s development team exploited synergies between motorsport and production vehicles in enhancing the engine performance, as they could draw on their experience with the 243 kW/330 PS Golf GTI TCR—the new racing car for the TCR International Series. This also gave them the opportunity to boost the engine to 310 horsepower and 280 lb-ft. The engineers achieved this boost in performance with a modified engine control unit and a new exhaust system: an increased diameter of 2.56 inches instead of 2.16 in reduces the exhaust backpressure and increases the performance.
2017 VW Golf GTI Clubsport S Lap Record at Nürburgring
With German racing driver Benny Leuchter at the wheel, the 2017 VW Golf GTI Clubsport S recently smashed the existing lap record for front-wheel-drive production cars on the Nürburgring Nordschleife racetrack in Germany, with a time of 7 minutes, 49.21 seconds. The Nürburgring Nordschleife is unlike the majority of racetracks, for it features plenty of bumps and elevation changes, as well as a daunting number of corners on top of that. So a car tuned to drive on the Nürburgring needs, on the one hand, to be able to take bends at high speed, while at the same time being able to cope with extreme dips and crests. The VW Golf GTI Clubsport S, with its exceptional driving dynamics, is ideally suited for the Nürburgring, one the world’s most demanding racetracks.