VW has decided to treat racing fans and release a true-to-life GTI TCR, a racing-inspired, track-ready version of the original hot-hatch that will the fastest version yet, reaching top speeds of 164 MPH – if you ditch the limiter, that is.
The Golf GTI TCR will be powered by a 2.0-liter engine, turning out a handsome 289 horsepower, 273 lb-ft of torque. With the limiter, top speed will reach 155 MPH, though we’re not sure what good adding a limiter for 9 MPH does. Maybe VW should just get rid of it on all of them…VW has yet to share 0-60 speeds, but expect it to beat the regular GTI’s o-62 of 5.2 seconds. All that power will be channeled into a 7-speed dual clutch gearbox with a locking differential. And that’s just inside.
Underneath the car, you’ll be able to get a sport chassis model with adaptive damping and all sorts of fancy cool stuff. The wheels alone are pretty slick, as you can choose between the standard 18-inch forged wheels or the sport 19-inch alloy wheels, paired with perforated disc brakes with custom calipers and pads. The front has two new extra radiators for a more aggressive look, and there is an optional titanium exhaust system from Akrapovic. Let’s not forget the new front bumper and “front spoiler.”
TCR stands for Tourist Class Racing, and this car looks ready to tear up the track – like the GTI was meant to do. And the best part is, it’s not just a concept car; VW says it is “almost ready for production.” As is often our lot here stateside, unfortunately, the TCR will only be launching in Europe, at least to begin. There will be a whole contingent of GTI fans awaiting it over here, should it ever make its way.