Volkswagen South Africa has confirmed it will be launching the Golf GTI TCR in limited numbers.
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.
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.
Volkswagen says it's new Golf GTI TCR will be priced "under R700 000." Should you buy one or go for a Golf R? We'll let you know once we've driven the newcomer.