Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR unveiled

2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR

2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR

We first saw a prototype for the street-legal TCR at Wörthersee in Austria a year ago; the model is inspired by the Golf GTI TCR race vehicle initially revealed back in 2016.

A newly published "technical data" sheet shows the three-door Golf GTI TCR's turbocharged 2,0-litre four-cylinder will produce its 213 kW from 5 400 to 6 400 r/min, while its 380 N.m will be on offer between 1 800 and 5 300 r/min. Power is directed to the front wheels via a seven-speed DSG as standard. The turbo four is mated to a seven-speed dual clutch transmission, while the Wolfsburgians estimate a zero-to-62-mph time of 5.6 seconds and a top speed of 162 miles per hour.

Enter the Golf GTI TCR, a much more performance-oriented version of the Golf GTI that claims a top speed of 250 km/h - way more than a hot hatch should be doing. There's even a sports damping tune and "V-Max Upgrade" that ultimately bumps top speed to 260-km/h.

Inside the cabin, look for sport seats with a special red racing pattern.

The Golf GTI TCR can be further customised with options such as a new honeycomb decor foil for the side panels, carbon door mirror caps, a black painted roof, as well as various 19-inch alloy wheels. Buyers will be able to specify TCR decals over the rear of the sills, a body side foil featuring the honeycomb shape reflected in the design of the grille, and puddle lamps that project a TCR logo to the side of the vehicle when the door is opened.

The first package (2,350 euros, RM11k) includes Reifnitz 19-inch rims with 235/35 tyres, the Vmax upgrade, a sportier rear damping system and Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC) adaptive chassis control system.

The 3,200 Euro package comes with 19-inch wheels, racetrack-ready sports semi-slick tires, wheel locks with expanded anti-theft protection, ear damping system and DCC. This package also includes additional wheel locks with expanded anti-theft protection.

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