286bhp Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR: the most potent GTI yet

Volkswagen has taken the covers off its road-racing Golf GTI TCR concept at Worthersee, and it’s now been confirmed it’s headed for production.

With first deliveries expected by the end of the year, the TCR will take up where the Clubsport S left off as the fastest, most focussed car in the GTI range.

VW Golf GTI TCR front

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In fact, it’s set to be the most potent GTI to date – its 2.0-litre turbo-petrol produces 286bhp, officially making it the most potent GTI to date. It sticks to its front-wheel-drive roots unlike the range-topping Golf R.

But it does get a locking differential, which should get all that power to the road via its seven-speed automatic DSG gearbox. With 49 extra brake horsepower over the standard Golf, it’s likely to get a sub-six second 0-62mph time, although the official figure is still to be revealed.

VW Golf GTI TCR engine

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We do know that it’ll get a limited top speed of 155mph, but that can be upped to 168mph for those that opt for an optional performance pack. As well as the limit delete, the package adds a 20mm lower suspension set-up, better brakes and DCC (Dynamic Chassis Control).

Inside, you’ll find grey microfibre upholstery that’s been specifically developed exclusively for the TCR. VW’s flat-bottomed sports steering wheel is present, while the gearlever gets a red mark – a nod to the company’s racing TCRs.

VW Golf GTI TCR interior

Other nice touches include puddle lights that incorporate the TCR logo and an illuminating stainless steel sill panel.

On the outside, there’s no mistaking it for a GTI, but it gets a host of TCR-specific decals too. A unique body kit ushers in a more aggressive look thanks to deeper side sills, redesigned bumpers and a rear diffuser.

VW Golf GTI TCR rear

It also gets TCR-specific graphics on the front grille, along with an exclusive ‘Pure Grey’ paint option. The standard TCR comes with 18in alloy wheels, while that optional performance pack increases the alloy’s diameter to 19in.

No official production numbers or prices have been revealed, but you can expect the GTI TCR to be in very high demand when it arrives at the end of the year. It’s likely to cost from at least £30,000. We’ll bring you more info when we know more.

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