The automotive industry has accustomed us to the introduction of the most exotic, highest-performance versions of cars exactly when the respective production car has reached the end of the line and is about to be replaced by a new model, as if the celebratory car were a milestone marking the change of generation. Volkswagen has been working in this way for some time, as in the case of the Golf GTI, which, with 2.3 million cars sold from 1976 up until today, is without doubt the most popular “people’s sports car” ever made. It is no secret that the new Golf will arrive in early 2020, and so the Wolfsburg-based brand has introduced this extreme version, baptized the GTI TCR with reference to the car’s successes obtained in the touring car racing category, both in the various national championships and in the World Touring Car Championship. The car is of course based on the other GTI models, but everything is optimized to the extreme.
Power and aerodynamics
The 2.0 TSI engine has a power of 290 HP – just 20 HP less than the Golf R which is 4-wheel drive – and a torque of 380 Nm. The double-clutch DSG gearbox has 7 gears instead of 6. In addition, the front-wheel drive benefits from a nice transversal limited-slip differential with electronic control in order to transfer as much torque as possible to the front wheels while countering the threat of front axle slip, particularly on the tightest corners. But this Golf also performs well on the straight, with an acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in just 5.6 seconds and a top speed of 260 km/h. This is attained in part due to careful aerodynamic design, with an important role played by the front splitter, the rear diffuser and the distinctive spoiler in perfect TCR style.
Racing details outside and in
Other important items in the specs include a high-performance brake system, with drilled discs and heavier-duty racing pads, and 18-inch alloy wheels (19-inch as an optional) with exclusive design. The car’s appearance is dominated by the glossy black front splitter that is similar to the TCR version, and by the honeycomb-motif decoration on the doors. Inside, the sporty seats are in a microfibre-textile blend, with red trim. The front armrest, headrest, seatbelt edging, door cladding trim, the DSG gear lever and the sporty three-spoke steering wheel all feature contrasting details. The steering wheel in particular has a motorsport-style marker at 12 o’clock, and the leather trim has pierced areas at 3 o’clock and 9 o’clock
Price of the Golf GTI TCR
The price of the Golf GTI TCR has not been announced yet, but in Germany, prices start from just under €40,000. Click here to visit the Volkswagen website.