Volkswagen has unveiled its new Golf GTI Clubsport. And it comes with a special drive mode specially designed to optimise the car for tackling the Nurburgring Nordschleife.
That’s right. The Special driving profile, a sub-programme of Sport mode, delivers a customised setup from the adaptive chassis control as well as the Vehicle Dynamics Manager.
It is designed to conquer the many undulations of the green hell. Volkswagen claims the new mode helps the Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport tackle the Nurburgring “a good deal” faster compared to when the car is set to Sport.
When matched against the 242bhp GTI, the Clubsport will lap the track 13 seconds quicker, according to Volkswagen’s own tests.
HOW WAS THIS ACHIEVED?
The new drive mode alone cannot explain the pace gain, of course.
The Golf GTI Clubsport gets its engine massaged with better engine management, higher charge pressure, and new fuel injectors amongst other changes, to raise its output to 296bhp.
Maximum torque from the engine is now 400Nm (30Nm more than the standard GTI). A 7-speed DSG dual clutch gearbox is responsible for transferring that power to the road.
The new Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport accelerates to 100km/h in under 6 seconds while top speed is capped at 250km/h.
AND THE HANDLING?
Well, that has not been forgotten either.
The Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport has model-specific tuning of the regular GTI’s McPherson strut front axle and a four-link rear setup. Its ride height is 10mm lower, and the positive camber on the front axle has been increased to allow higher cornering speeds.
An electromechanical differential lock continues to do service at the front axle, delivering a variable locking ratio governed by the Vehicle Dynamics Manager.
DOES IT LOOK THE PART?
The Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport distinguishes itself from lesser Golf models via its new matte-grain black front splitter and redesigned air intakes. At the rear, a new two-part roof spoiler that opens towards the roof features.
Red decorative stitching on the seats, centre armrest, floor mats and multi-function steering wheel likewise feature in the cabin.
The premium sport seats seats of the Golf GTI Clubsport also sport a new design on their ArtVelours covers. Seats covered in perforated leather and with red decorative stitching are also optionally available.
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