Volkswagen has started high-speed testing of its upcoming Golf GTI Clubsport S at the Nürburgring, ahead of the model’s reveal later this year.
The Clubsport S is a more powerful, lighter version of the already trackworthy Clubsport, which is said to use the engine of the Seat Leon and Cupra 290 ditches rear seats in favour of a half roll cage.
Autocar reported earlier this year that such a model was being considered for production, and the arrival of these new spy pictures confirm it has already progressed into latter stages of development.
The car is expected to get its own suspension and damper settings to match the extra power available, which could amount to more than 300bhp, making it about 16bhp more potent than the Seat.
This would also make it about 40bhp more powerful than the regular Clubsport, and thanks to a stripped-out rear and the removal of unnecessary luxuries, it should weigh a fair bit less than the Clubsport’s 1375kg, too.
It’s thought the Porsche 911 GT3 Clubsport has provided inspiration for Volkswagen’s hot project, suggesting it’ll have a track-focused demeanour that should make it a serious rival for the similarly focused Renaultsport Meane 275, which comes available with optional race-spec Öhlins dampers (NICE!).
Volkswagen has so far remained tight-lipped about the Clubsport S, but the car is expected to arrive later this year in limited production numbers. It'll be priced above the regular Clubsport and current hottest Golf, the , which sells from £31,125.