If you are one of those fanatics savouring every kilowatt a small car can put out, then the superhot Limited Edition Gold GTI Clubsport S is just the type of commuter you need. That is, if you can fork out close to three quarters of a million Namibia Dollar. But do not fret, the 40 units allocated to Volkswagen South Africa, have all been sold prior to shipment.
Announcing its arrival this week, Volkswagen SA said the limited edition Golf GTI Clubsport S with 228kW of power is only available as a coupé with two seats.
This most powerful Golf GTI ever holds the lap record for a front wheel drive production cars on the Nürburgring Nordschleife race track with the time of 07:49:21.
Only 400 units have been built and 47 of them were allocated to South Africa which is one of the biggest markets for the Golf GTI in the world. All of the 47 units were pre sold by the Volkswagen dealer organisation turning the Golf GTI Clubsport S into an instant icon and collectors’ item.
To keep the weight down, the Golf GTI Clubsport S is only available in a manual transmission. Additional components that were removed to reduce weight include rear seats, insulating material, the variable luggage compartment floor, the rear parcel shelf and bonnet damping. A smaller battery is fitted to reduce the weight further down. An aluminium subframe on the front axle and aluminium brake covers resulted in further weight savings.
An important factor for the car’s dynamic handling is that the unsprung mass of each wheel is a whole kilogram lower thanks to the aluminium brake covers. To further improve the hot braking performance, the Golf GTI Clubsport S is factory-fitted with special brake pads on the front and rear axles.
Since these cars will turn into collectors items, each of the 400 units is individually tacked.