Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR Revealed at Wörthersee

Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR previewed

The Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR Concept has been unveiled at the 2018 Worthersee meeting in Austria. A locking differential is also standard.

First off, the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine has been tuned to produce 286 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque, available at 1,600 rpm.

The powerful engine has been mated with standard seven-speed dual-clutch DSG transmission.

The concept channels the Golf that Volkswagen developed for the worldwide TCR series. The good news is that the Golf GTI TCR is more than just a concept, since it previews it's headed to production later this year. Behind the large wheels there is a high performance braking system with perforated discs that decelerate the production auto just as effortlessly as the TCR racing vehicle.

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The new flagship GTI model features standard 18-inch forged wheels with newly designed 19-inch alloys as an option.

Subtle styling tweaks set the TCR apart from lesser GTI models. Opting for the standard configuration, the auto comes with 18-inch "Belvedere" forged wheels, larger brakes and an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h. The titanium exhaust system from Akrapovic is optional.

While the Golf GTI TCR will be pretty will tricked out, you'll apparently be able to opt for a sport chassis and electronically adjustable dampers with three driver-controlled settings: Comfort, Normal and Sport. TCR lettering above the side skirts is also featured, along with optional GTI-style honeycomb trim for the side of the vehicle.

It says much of the cosmetic overhaul for the TCR when a new "Pure Grey" paint colour is the main talking point - it's pretty subdued, put it that way. Smaller touches include projectors under the wing mirrors that beam the TCR logo onto the floor when the doors are opened. The sports seat in the inside wears newly designed microfiber upholstery that matches trim on the door cards and gear lever. Bad news for North American consumers who want to feel the rush of driving the Golf GTI TCR: it is not scheduled for North American commercialization, at least for now...

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