Volkswagen unveils hotter Golf GTI TCR

New model takes inspiration from touring car series of the same name

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Volkswagen has lifted the lid on its latest Golf GTI model – the 290hp Golf GTI TCR.

The TCR boasts an extra 45hp over a regular Golf GTI with the optional performance package its 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine. That extra punch means the GTI TCR is capable of hitting 60mph from a standing start in just 5.4 seconds – 0.3 seconds faster than the Golf GTI Clubsport S.

Flat-out the TCR is able to reach 155mph – though buyers have the option to raise this to 162mph.

Inside, you’ll find further references to the car’s motorsport influences. Premium sports seats are fitted up front, along with red-edged seatbelts and a sports steering wheel.

Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR detail | The Car Expert

But it’s not only styling touches which have been applied to the TCR. New 18-inch forged alloy wheels sit on all four corners, which house perforated brake discs. It also benefits from a front-axle locking differential for better cornering performance.


A series of additional packages are also available with the TCR. The first includes larger 19-inch wheels, as well as the upgraded top speed. It also benefits from a sports version of the car’s rear damping system and traction control.

The second includes 19-inch alloys in a different style, though this time shod in semi-slick sports tyres. Additional wheel locks with expanded anti-theft protection are also fitted as part of this pack.

UK prices and specifications for the Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR have yet to be revealed, though it is reported to cost €38,950 (£34,500) in the car’s native Germany.

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  1. The TCR is an intermediate between the GOLF R and the GTI, The results can be achived from the GTI with ECU software (Remap).


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