Almost one year since the Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR Concept made its global debut in Austria, the race-inspired Golf GTI will be going on sale in UK soon.

The Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR is modelled after the Golf race car participating in the international TCR series which means the road car gets improved performance and decked out in unique TCR bits.  

The 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder TSI engine has been tweaked to push out 290 hp and 380 Nm (up 63 hp & 30 Nm from a standard GTI) while the 7-speed dual-clutch DSG transmission channels drive to the front wheels.  With the power bump, century sprint is now quicker at 5.6 seconds while top speed is raised to 264 km/h with the limiter removed.

Compared to a standard GTI, the TCR is differentiated by its sharper front and rear bumpers, matte black exterior mirrors, 18-inch “Quaranta” alloy wheels, TCR motif on the rear quarter panel. Inside, it features TCR semi-bucket seats, red marker at the 12 o’ clock position, alcantara treatment around the cabin and a TCR puddle light.

Customers can have their Golf GTI TCR with the option pack that adds 19-inch Reifnitz alloy wheels, lowered suspension by 20 mm, Dynamic Chassis Control, top speed limiter removed, honeycomb decals on the side of the car and a black roof. The Golf GTI TCR is also available with a Pure Grey paint colour – a first for any GTI.


Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR Concept

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Adrian Chia
He believes that the perfect remedy to Monday blues is a mixture of 4 wheels, clear roads and a pinch of twisty tarmac. A hot hatch is the icing on the cake.