The Clubsport S is the most powerful GTI variant that's ever been built.
It puts out about 306 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque.
Its curb weight is under 3,000 pounds, which includes the driver.
60 mph arrives in 5.8 seconds, with all power going to the front wheels.
To keep the weight as low as possible, Volkswagen removed the rear seat and the center armrest.
Only 400 Clubsport S models will be produced, 100 of which will stay in Germany.
VW's Nordschleife lap time is about six tenths of a second faster than the previous record, set by Honda.
Honda picked up the record after besting the Renault Mégane RS and its 7:54.36 lap time.
While the Clubsport S isn't exactly the ideal replacement for the R400 that will never get built, it's apparently good enough to win a pretty laudable record.
To celebrate its victory, Volkswagen staged a few photoshoots involving the Clubsport S, the original GTI and the Clubsport's TCR racing sibling.