The Clubsport S is the most powerful GTI variant that's ever been built.

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It puts out about 306 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque.

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Its curb weight is under 3,000 pounds, which includes the driver.

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60 mph arrives in 5.8 seconds, with all power going to the front wheels.

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To keep the weight as low as possible, Volkswagen removed the rear seat and the center armrest.

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Only 400 Clubsport S models will be produced, 100 of which will stay in Germany.

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VW's Nordschleife lap time is about six tenths of a second faster than the previous record, set by Honda.

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Honda picked up the record after besting the Renault Mégane RS and its 7:54.36 lap time.

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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.

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To celebrate its victory, Volkswagen staged a few photoshoots involving the Clubsport S, the original GTI and the Clubsport's TCR racing sibling.

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