New VW Golf GTI TCR Unleashed

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GTI fans will be licking their chops to drive the latest, and probably the last, Golf GTI derivative to come from the popular 7th-generation Golf. This is the Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR!

The eighth-generation Volkswagen Golf is on the way and an official reveal is expected to take place much later in 2019. Nonetheless, Volkswagen recently revealed its latest addition to the Golf GTI family, the GTI TCR.

The Golf GTI TCR shares its name with the TCR series racing car but this road-going TCR version develops no less than 213 kW and 380 Nm of torque from its turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine which is mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. Zero to 100 kph is claimed at 5.6 seconds while top speed is 260 kph (optional).

In terms of outputs, the GTI TCR slots in below the limited edition GTI Clubsport S which offers 228 kW and 380 Nm but with a zero to 100 kph time of 5.8 seconds (top speed 260 kph), the GTI TCR is marginally quicker.  

Sports seats and sporty red interior details match the performance credentials of the Golf GTI TCR. 

The Golf GTI TCR rides on 18-inch Belvedere forged alloy wheels as standard and is equipped with a front-axle differential lock and perforated disc brakes.

Exterior features include LED headlights, black exterior mirror housings, sill extensions, front splitter, a TCR roof spoiler and a rear diffuser. Additional styling options include a carbon mirror housings, black painted roof, honeycomb decor side panel foils and 19-inch wheels.

The interior features sports seats with a new microfibre fabric design, a perforated sports steering wheel and seat belts with red edging.

Is the VW Golf GTI TCR coming to SA?

Sadly the answer is, no. A local Volkswagen South Africa spokesperson has confirmed that there are currently no plans to introduce the Golf GTI TCR in South Africa. Let’s hope that plan changes…

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