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New Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR is the most powerful GTI ever

New Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR is the most powerful GTI ever
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Alex Ingram

2018-05-10 12:00

The new 286bhp VW Golf GTI TCR has been revealed in concept form at Worthersee, with a production version set to go on sale later this year

Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR - red front

This is the Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR. Though officially still a concept, the TCR will make production as the most extreme example of the GTI when it takes the place of the Clubsport towards the end of the year.

The TCR is powered by the engine that sees service in both other Golf GTI models and the R. Here, the 2.0-litre turbo produces 286bhp and 370nm - 49bhp up on the standard GTI. Drive is sent through the front wheels via a seven-speed dual clutch transmission and locking differential. The stainless steel exhaust is upgraded over the regular GTI, and an Akrapovi? titanium system is optional.

• Worthersee 2017 in pictures

Official acceleration times have yet to be revealed, but the TCR should cover the 0-62mph sprint in about six seconds. The option to remove the 155mph limiter gives a 164mph top speed. 

The speed limit delete is offered as part of a performance package for the TCR, which also drops the suspension by 20mm and adds VW’s Dynamic Chassis Control. The adaptive dampers are paired with 19-inch wheels in place of the usual 18-inch alloys. Behind those rims sit a set of drilled brake discs with uprated calipers and pads. 

Subtle styling tweaks set the TCR apart from lesser GTI models. A deeper front splitter and side skirts are complimented by a more aggressive rear diffuser, while buyers can also choose to add unique TCR graphics, which spreads a honeycomb pattern across the flanks. Of the five exterior colours, three - red, white and the TCR-exclusive ‘Pure Grey’ - are available with a contrasting black roof, or alternatively there’s a full-body black or pearl white.

Inside, the TCR’s sports seats are trimmed in a mix of fabric and microfibre in a unique black and red design, and the leather-trimmed steering wheel gets contrasting red stitching and a matching 12 o’clock stripe. 

There’s no official line on production numbers yet, but as the GTI’s biggest-selling market worldwide, the UK is likely to receive a generous allocation. Likewise, prices are still to be confirmed but expect to pay somewhere in the region of £33,000.

Read our review of the Volkswagen Golf R

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