What’s better than a Volkswagen Golf GTI?
A Golf GTI TCR with close to 300hp under the bonnet, that’s what.
What is the Golf GTI TCR?
With 286hp from a 2-litre turbo four, the new Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR makes a whopping 59hp more than the Golf GTI, and busts through 100km/h in 5.6 seconds thanks to its 7-speed DSG.
Top speed is limited to 250km/h, but pay a fee and you can raise it to 260km/h.
Incidentally, that power output is the same as the Golf R’s.
Currently the most powerful incarnation of the current Mk7 Golf, the Golf GTI TCR takes its name from the racing car of the same name – a two-time overall winner of the international TCR racing series.
The concept version was shown off in the middle of 2018, and it appears VW has simply removed the word “concept” from the GTI TCR Concept, so similar are both.
What do I get with my Golf GTI TCR
Interior of the new Volkswagen Golf GTI TCRIn production tune, the Golf GTI TCR’s standard feature list includes a front-axle differential lock, perforated brake discs, driving profile selection, premium front sport seats with a new microfibre/fabric design, seat belts with red edging and an exclusive sports steering wheel.
Also as standard on the Golf GTI TCR are 18-inch Belvedere forged wheels (optional 18-inch “Milton Keynes” alloy wheels available, if you want to stand out), black exterior mirror caps, sill extensions, front splitter, TCR roof spoiler and a rear diffuser to keep it all pinned down.
To keep you pointing in the right direction, the Golf GTI TCR’s wheel has a red marker at the 12 o’clock position, with perforated leather at the 3- and 9 o’clock positions.
What if I want more options?
But why stop there?
You could also option a new honeycomb decor foil for the side panels, carbon door mirror caps, a black painted roof, and various 19-inch alloys with semi-slick rubber.
Those alloys are offered as a package, which among other things includes that bump in top speed to 260 km/h.
Niceties also include a puddle light which projects the TCR logo onto the road.
As with most nice cars, we don’t yet know if the Golf GTI TCR is coming to Singapore, but stay tuned.