Can the Volkswagen Golf GTI get any hotter? The brand has just unveiled GTI TCR – a road-going version of the racing car with the same name that it says will be “the fastest GTI of the model range”.

At present, the motorsport-inspired hyper hatch is just a concept, but VW says it wants a production version to be ready by the end of this year.

The Golf GTI TCR’s 2.0-litre turbocharged engine produces 286bhp and 370Nm of torque, all of which is sent through the front wheels from 1,600rpm via a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox and a locking differential.

The top speed is restricted to 155mph, but if the electronic Vmax limiter is removed, this figure increases to 164mph, making the TCR faster than any other Golf GTI on sale today.

The production version will be fitted with 18-inch Belvedere forged wheels as standard, while 19-inch alloys will be an optional extra. Hidden behind these is a high-performance braking system with perforated discs. The top-specification version of the car also comes with two extra radiators to ensure sufficient engine cooling.

A package that will be available for customers to order, which includes removal of the Vmax limiter and the inclusion of 19-inch alloy wheels, also adds a dynamic sports chassis and adaptive cruise control.

At the front of the TCR is a new bumper with a sharply contoured splitter, while a panel attachment has been added to the side and continues to the rear of the car, joining a diffuser and the exhaust system tailpipes.

The interior features premium sports seats finished with microfibre fabric covers, while the door inserts and gearstick cover use the same material. The centre sections of the seats are embellished with a red verticle stripe.

Tristan Shale-Hester


May 11, 2018

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