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VW's new hot hatch isn't just fast, it just broke a Nüburgring lap record

And you can get it virtually anywhere except the USA.
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Volkswagen is marking the 40th Anniversary of the Golf GTI with its most powerful version yet, the GTI Clubsport S. In fact, the new Clubsport S is so powerful that it set the lap record for front-wheel-drive cars on the legendary Nüburgring with a time of 7:49:21. 

The car is making its debut at Wörthersee this week and is capable of producing 306 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque. 0-62 happens in 5.8 seconds and the top speed has been clocked at 162 mph. Performance can be attributed to the car's weight-savings, which include ditching the rear seats and even the central armrest. They've also used a smaller battery, removed the insulation, put in an aluminum subframe for the front suspension, and added aluminum brake covers. 

Other equipment features include semi-slick Michelin Sport Cup 2 tires, 19-inch Pretoria aluminum wheels, Xenon headlights, LED daytime running lights, heat-resistant brakes, and exclusive brake pads. The interior will have Alcantara trim throughout, red-stitching, and each center console will be signed with its production number. The GTI Clubsport S will be limited to 400 examples worldwide. Unfortunately that won't include the United States.

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