Published on May 11th, 2018 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
VW’s Hot New Golf GTI TCR is good for 290bhp
Volkswagen has unveiled its new flagship Golf GTI at the Wörthersee festival in Austria. The Golf GTI TCR uses a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine delivering 290hp to its front wheels via a dual-clutch gearbox. Top speed is an impressive 164mph with the electronic limiter removed.
The TCR is the road-going version of VW’s 350hp Golf TCR racer. A redesigned front bumper and splitter feeds air to two extra radiators, while the rear boasts a larger roof spoiler and aggressive diffuser housing twin tailpipes. A new colour, Pure Grey, is available exclusively for this special edition.
That 290hp output which pushes it power from 5,000-6,800rpm is much more powerful than VW’s production 245hp Golf GTI Performance and it is just a smidgen behind the 310hp 4WD VW Golf R.
The GTI TCR rides on 18-inch forged alloys, with uprated brakes and a locking front differential. A titanium exhaust system from Akrapovič is provided for tune and grunt.
Inside, the VW TCR has torso-hugging sports seats, a racing-style ‘12 o’clock’ marker on the steering wheel and go-faster stripes on the seatbelts.
This special VW Golf does not have a sticker price as yet and its production run for the right hand drive markets like Malaysia is yet to be decided.