Race-inspired Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR gets 286bhp


Volkswagen is all set to reveal a hardcore track version of the Golf GTI - the Golf GTI TCR on May 9, 2018.

The model will be fully revealed at Volkswagen's famous annual GTI meet at Worthersee on Thursday 10 May, ahead of going on sale at the end of the year.

The TCR pays homage to VW the Golf TCR track vehicle and makers use of a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine that will develop 213 kW (between 5 000 and 6 800 r/min) and 370 Nm (from 1 600 to 4 300 r/min), up on the standard GTI's 169 kW and 350 Nm. In standard spec, top speed will be limited to 155 miles per hour, but this can be increased to 164 miles per hour if you ask VW to remove the electronic Vmax limiter. The new GTI TCR Concept is just such a vehicle, but in VW's words is "very near production".

Power travels to the front tires by way of a standard seven-speed dual-clutch transmission that feeds a locking front differential. Like other performance Golfs, the GTI TCR is usually limited to 155mph but the top speed can be upped to 164mph. The latter are bespoke to the TCR and only available in a gloss black finish.

The Golf GTI TCR is similar in concept to the limited-edition 2016 Clubsport Edition 40, which celebrated the Golf GTI's 40th birthday and was a top-of-the-range GTI that sat just below the Golf R.

Due to reach showrooms around Europe later this year, we're excited with the prospect of a new flagship Golf GTI model, but we can't help but feel the lack of a manual gearbox might set the tone of the TCR being less involving than the previous Clubsport.