Volkswagen has unveiled the new Golf GTI TCR, with Volkswagen claiming it to be the fastest front-wheel drive Golf the company has ever made.

The TCR has a turbocharged, four-cylinder 2.0-litre engine that was also used in the Golf GTI Clubsport. It produces 286bhp – 44bhp more than the standard GTI – and is paired to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

The top speed can be increased from 155mph up to 162mph, and the TCR has a 0-60mph time of 5.6 seconds.

Externally, the model has black mirror caps, sill extensions, front splitter, roof spoiler, diffuser and 18-inch forged alloy wheels.

As an option, buyers will be able to customise the exterior with decals over the rear of the car, as well as a body side foil featuring the honeycomb-shape reflected in the grille of the car, carbon mirror caps and a black roof, you can also upgrade the 18-inch forged wheels to 19-inch alloys.

Inside, there are front sports seats with a new microfibre/fabric design, sports steering wheel and seat belts with red detailing, setting off its hardcore appeal over the standard Golf GTI.

Standard equipment includes LED headlights, front assist automatic emergency braking and a digital instrument cluster.

The Golf GTi TCR is set to have a short production life due to the development of the upcoming eighth-generation Golf.

Prices for the UK are yet to be revealed, however its estimated to cost from around £34,500 when the car goes on sale in March.

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Jack Healy


January 18, 2019

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