Have you been thinking of getting yourself a hardcore Volkswagen Golf GTI? Well, if you have, you might want to hear this first - the track-only TCR version is going to receive a road-legal equivalent in the near future. Watch out for the Golf GTI TCR as it makes its debut on May 9 during the annual GTI meeting, which will be held at Worthersee. Without a surprise, this will be billed as a special edition model. Therefore, there is a good chance it will end up being a limited run hot hatch.
Right now, the only part of the car we could really see would be a section of the car’s rear end, and it is only through an appealing digital sketch that shows off the aggressive fins of the diffuser flanked by a pair of huge exhaust tips. By the looks of it, it seems like the Golf GTI TCR has full LED taillights and it rides on what seems like a set of 18 inch wheels.
Under the hood, you’ll find a turbocharged 2.0 liter gasoline engine dialed to carry out as much as 286 horsepower (213 kilowatts) from 6,800 rpm as well as a peak torque of 273 pound feet (370 Newton metres) that starts from 1,600 rpm. This engine will be paired to a seven speed dual clutch automatic gearbox offered as standard equipment, together with the front axle differential lock. Just to remind you, the track ready model is still a lot more powerful with 345 horsepower and 310 pound feet (420 Nm) of torque.
As standard, VW will install an electronic speed limiter programmed to max out at only 155 miles per hour (250 kph), but this can be further unlocked to a maximum velocity of 164 miles per hour (264 kilometers per hour) if you ask them nicely. The latter is actually the fastest Golf GTI ever made, eclipsing the even more powerful Clubsport S by 2 mph, which was also unveiled at the Worthersee show a few years ago.
The road ready Golf GTI TCR version is scheduled to go on sale towards the end of the year, and this will continue the successful Golf GTI story that began way back in 1976 with the original model. Overall, the company has sold 2.2 million units since its first release.
Simply put, the Golf GTI TCR has a remarkable performance as it can deliver 213 kilowatts (290 PS) while offering just the right traction, thanks to the front axle locking differential. It was also designed to be the road-going version of the more powerful race series Golf GTI. The TCR variant could easily be the fastest Golf GTI when the limiter is removed.