Build to celebrate 40 years of the GTI name and limited to 400 units globally with only 47 coming to South Africa, the three-door exclusive Clubsport S, which recently smashed the record for front-wheel drive cars around the Nurburgring with a time of 07:49:21, also rates as the most powerful and hardcore GTI model ever made.
Based on the already rapid Clubsport and only available in Pure White with a black roof, external additions for S includes semi-slick Michelin Sport Cup 2 wheels mounted on black 19-inch Pretoria alloy wheels, new front bumper for improved aerodynamics and downforce, wind tunnel tested boot spoiler, black diffuser, Xenon cornering headlights with daytime running LED's, tinted rear windows, Clubsport S badging and 17-inch brakes with aluminium covers improved specifically to withstand high temperatures.
Designed to be as light as possible for optimal performance, the S does without rear seats, sound denting, luggage compartment and a parcel shelf with most of the subframe for the front axle being made out of aluminium. A smaller battery is also fitted with the overall weight saving over the standard Clubsport coming to 30 kg.
Just as extensive, the S receives a revised version of the Clubsport's Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC) selector, which now features an Individual mode developed to suit the characteristics of the Nurburgring over and above the standard issue Comfort, Normal and Race settings. In addition, the front axle has also been reconfigured for extra directional control to achieve higher lateral acceleration.
Boasting a strut brace in place of the rear seats for additional rigidity, the interior also receives a number of special touches with bespoke number badging (001/400 to 400/400) on the centre console, Alcantara-trimmed sport steering wheel with red stitching, chrome GTI badge and 12 'o clock mark, bucket seats, "honeycomb 40" inserts on the dashboard and doors, piano key black finish on the dash, retro golf ball gearknob finished in Alcantara and red safety belts.
Up front, the S still makes do with Volkswagen's trusty 2.0 TSI engine, but with a modified ECU and new exhaust for a total output of 228 kW and 350 N.m of torque. To save weight further, only a six-speed manual gearbox is offered with Volkswagen claiming a 0-100 km/h sprint of 6.0 seconds and top speed of 260 km/h.
Despite the exorbitant asking prices, the Clubsport S officially retails for R742 000 with a three year / 120 000 km warranty and three year / 90 000 km service plan included, although perspective buyers will be disappointed to note that all 47 units have already been pre-sold.