Volkswagen says the GTI Clubsport S set a new front-wheel drive production car lap record on the Nürburgring Nordschleife.
The 305-horsepower Clubsport S circled the 20.8-kilometre track in 7:49:21 seconds, according to VW, besting the Honda Civic Type R by 1.42 seconds.
That time puts the hot hatch in impressive company, with the Chevrolet C6 Corvette Z06 and BMW E92 M3 GTS turning in similar laps.
Unlike those V8-powered machines, though, the Clubsport S is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder that makes 305 horsepower and 280 lb.-ft. of torque.
It's also light, tipping the scales at roughly 2,800 lbs.
That weight was achieved after the rear seats were removed and a smaller battery was installed, among other things, was installed, according to Volkswagen.
Now for the bad news: Only 400 will be sold globally, and not one of them is slated to make it to North America.