VW’s revealed the new Golf GTI TCR – a more hardcore version of the famous hot-hatch that’ll be the fastest production GTI on sale
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- New VW Golf GTI TCR concept revealed
- Race car for the road
- Turbocharged engine produces 290hp
- Fastest Golf GTI on sale
Volkswagen has revealed the race-inspired Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR (which stands for Touring Car Racing) concept at a Volkswagen festival in Austria. It’s tipped to preview a new hardcore version of the GTI, which is expected to go on sale in the next 12 months.
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The Golf GTI TCR takes its name from the TCR international motor-racing series – a championship contested by racing cars based on road-going models. As a result, the new model pumps out a whopping 290hp. That’s 60hp more than the GTI and only 20hp shy of the flagship Golf R.
Unlike the four-wheel drive R, in the TCR power is sent to the front wheels through a seven-speed DSG automatic gearbox and a limited-slip differential, which should help it sprint from 0-62mph in around six seconds flat compared to the standard GTI’s 6.4-second time.
The TCR is limited to a 155mph top speed, but if that doesn’t sound fast enough you can pay extra to have the limit raised to 164mph. That makes it the fastest Golf you can buy, second only to the limited Clubsport S that topped out at 165mph.
Also available on the TCR, if you’re feeling particularly flush, are an optional titanium exhaust for added zing that replaces the standard steel item, larger 19-inch alloy wheels and lowered suspension that can be adjusted between comfort and sport settings.
Thankfully, not everything in the TCR costs extra. It comes with more powerful brakes and remodelled front and rear bumpers to help channel air more efficiently around the car.
Inside, you get supportive sports seats with bright red trims that give a modern twist on the traditional tartan pattern you get in the standard GTI. This red theme continues on the dashboard, steering wheel, gear lever and doors, and even the seatbelts come with red stitching down each side.
VW Golf GTI TCR price and release date
VW hasn’t confirmed when the TCR will go on sale or how much it’ll cost, but you can expect to see it in showrooms in late-2018 or early-2019. Get ready to set aside approximately £30,000 to park one on your driveway, however – that’s around £2,000 more than a standard GTI, but £2,000 less than a Golf R.