The Golf GTI Could be a Surprisingly Good Track Car
The Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport S special edition car was used to set the front-wheel drive lap record at Nurburgring back in May with a pretty impressive time of just 7 minutes and 49 seconds. That same car has since been used to achieve an even more impressive time of 7 minutes and 47 seconds, putting it more than 3 seconds ahead of the next fastest front-wheel drive vehicle tested there, the Honda Civic Type R. While this special edition of the VW Golf isn’t available stateside, there are plenty of Golf GTI models that are, and they offer similar performance specifications as well.
Why the Golf ClubSport S Can Set Records
There are a few different things that allow the Clubsport S to beat out other cars like the Honda Civic Type R. One of the main things that it has going for it is a lightweight body. Careful considerations make the Clubsport S one of the lightest cars to go around the ring.
Volkswagen opted for a six-speed manual clutch instead of the heavier dual clutch setup. The automaker also went with aluminum parts whenever possible and removed the rear seat, as well as floor mats and sound proofing material to shed a bit more weight. Overall it went down to an impressively low weight figure that made the most of the 310 HP offered by the 2.0 liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine.
Excellent Handling and Lightweight Body
There are two things that make the Golf Clubsport S an excellent track car that it shares with the Golf GTI, a lightweight body and excellent handling mechanics. No matter which version of the vehicle you go with, you get excellent handling and a car that can take on the sharp corners without issue. If you opt for the Golf GTI you’ll enjoy a total of 210 HP and 258 lb.-ft. of torque to play with. Not only will you have all that power, but you’ll also have a lightweight vehicle that makes excellent use of it. The Golf is a small car that doesn’t weigh much at all, so when you consider that before thinking about the level of power it has, it’s easy to see why the Golf GTI is a good solid track car.
While the standard Golf GTI isn’t going to achieve lap speeds like the Clubsport S, it would probably hold its own nicely and command a decent time. Even if it isn’t a race car, the 2017 Golf GTI looks to be a very fun vehicle and a decent option for drivers that want something little and exciting to tool around in.