Published: Thu, May 10, 2018
IT&Software | By Alfonso Woods

Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR Revealed at Wörthersee

Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR Revealed at Wörthersee

Volkswagen took the wraps off of the concept version of its new 286-horsepower hot-hatch, the Golf GTI TCR, at a VW enthusiast festival in Wörthersee, Austria, promising it wants to make a production version happen by the end of 2018. With a top speed of 264kmph, the Golf GTI TCR is the fastest ever road-legal Golf to be manufactured and is the road version of the two-time victor of the global TCR race series.

Created to take the place of the Golf GTI Clubsport, the GTI TCR has a 286bhp version of the 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine used in the standard GTI and Golf R, which is 49bhp more than the regular GTI. "At the moment, the Golf GTI TCR Concept-an athlete derived from racing-is a study", stated Jürgen Stackmann of Volkswagen AG in the car's press release.

Volkswagen says the Golf GTI TCR will launch in Europe this winter.

With 286hp at 5000rpm in overboost mode, at which turbocharger boost pressure is raised from a nominal 1.9 to 2.1 bar for periods of up to 10 seconds, it develops 44hp more than the less heavily tuned engine used by the standard Golf GTI with the optional performance package. The Golf GTI TCR has a en electronically-limited top speed of 155 miles per hour, but it can be increased to 164 miles per hour by removing the electronic top-speed limiter. The four-cylinder is mated to a standard 7-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission with a limited-slip differential.

The new top Golf GTI model has 18-inch "Belvedere" forged wheels from the Wolfsburg plant as standard.

Despite this layout giving the front tyres lots of power to cope with, VW claims the TCR "offers flawless traction thanks to the [standard] front axle locking differential".

A new version of the sports hatchback is able to accelerate up to 264 km/h, becoming the fastest road Golf GTI in history. Both the flat-bottomed steering wheel and the gear lever feature a red marker at the 12 o'clock position. When the doors are opened, the TCR logo is projected on to the ground and the stainless steel rocker trim has a red illuminated element.

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