At the annual GTI meet in Wörthersee, Austria, Volkswagen has unveiled the Golf GTI TCR concept – a road version of the TCR international series race car.
As for the looks, the bumper gets sharply contoured splitter (front spoiler), and the side skirts that continue onto the rear bumper joining the diffuser. The future standard version will leave the Wolfsburg plant with 18-inch ‘Belvedere’ forged wheels while 19-inch alloy wheels will also be available as an option.
Behind the large wheels is a high performance braking system with perforated discs which according to VW, decelerate the production car just as effortlessly as the TCR racing car. This top-of-the-range Golf GTI model features two extra radiators to ensure sufficient cooling for high engine performance.
Interiors get full digital instrument cluster, premium sport seats finished with microfibre/fabric upholstery, Flash Red contrast stitching and sports steering wheel with a red 12 o’clock stripe. In one of the photos here, you can also see a lap timer in the infotainment screen. Options include a TCR logo projection when the door opens and illuminated door sills.
Power comes from a 2.0 TSI, developing 290 hp (213 kW) and 370 Nm of torque available at 1600 rpm. The power is transmitted to the front wheels via 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox (DSG) and a locking differential.
The top speed of the standard version will be 250 km/h, but can be increased to 264 km/h by opting to remove the electronic Vmax limiter, making this Golf the fastest GTI of the current model range.
Further features include an even more dynamic sports chassis and the adaptive chassis control (DCC). It adapts to the characteristics of the electrically adjustable shock absorbers at the touch of a button.