How do you make the Volkswagen GTI even better?
Wolfsburg - First shown as a concept auto at the Wörthersee GTI Meeting past year, the Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR has now been shown in production guise, and takes pride of place as one of the most powerful GTI variants ever.
The Golf GTI TCR is street-legal, meaning buyers can take the 286 horsepower (stronger than the Golf GTI Performance), 370 Nm of torque turbocharged engine out for a spin around the block. Power is channeled to the front wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch DSG gearbox, and it features a front-axle differential lock. Strangely, VW lets you increase the top speed to 161 miles per hour, like that's any less safe. The design of the upholstery for the seat centre has been developed specifically for this model, while the flat-bottomed steering wheel and gear selector knob receive a red marker at the 12 o'clock position as a homage to the racing version of the Golf GTI TCR, of which VW Motorsport claims to have delivered up to 100 examples since 2016. Also available is a black accent package for the exterior that adds the dark shade to the side mirror caps, side skirts, front splitter, rear diffuser, and roof-mounted spoiler. Options pack bring together the DCC dampers and the Vmax upgrade, or with more track ready tyres.
UK TCR prices are expected soon; in its home market the vehicle will cost €38,950 (£34,500 at present), with the wheel and damper upgrade at €2,350 (£2k); add the tyres and "Pretoria" instead of "Reifnitz" wheels instead and it's €3,200 (£2,800) more than standard.
If you want a more personalised look, you can opt for the new honeycomb decor foil for the side panels, carbon door mirror caps, a black painted roof, as well as various 19-inch alloy wheels, which is sold as a separate package.
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.