Road-Legal Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR Teased With 290PS

Following the Clubsport models that made headlines a few years ago, Volkswagen is now ready to launch yet another special edition of the Golf GTI, wearing the TCR nameplate.

Announced for the GTI meeting at Worthersee, on May 9, the Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR is basically the street legal version of the 350PS (345hp / 257kW) TCR racer. It has 290PS (286hp / 213kW) and 370Nm (273lb-ft) of torque available on tap, channeled to the front wheels through a dual-clutch seven-speed automatic transmission.

No 0-100km/h (0-62mph) sprint time has been announced yet, but top speed is limited at 250km/h (155mph), and can be raised to 264km/h (164mph) by optionally removing the electronic Vmax limiter.

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By comparison, the hotter Volkswagen Golf R has 20PS (20hp / 15kW) and 30Nm (22lb-ft) of torque more squeezed from its turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. Naught to 100km/h (0-62 mph) takes 4.6 seconds with the R, so we’re probably looking at 4.7-4.8sec for the Golf GTI TCR.

“The fastest Golf GTI“, as referred to by Volkswagen, will be in near-production form at the automotive event that starts next week in Germany. However, customers won’t have to wait that long to get it, as the new model will be launched at the end of the year.

In the teaser images released by Volkswagen, which accompany the release, we can see a meaner-looking rear end, with a more aggressively-styled diffuser. Also visible are the front fascia, round dual exhaust pipes, decals and a set of 5-dual spoke wheels wheels.

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  • TheHake

    Worthersee is in Austria not Germany…

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  • javier

    my gf has a mk7 gti and i have come to the conclusion it doesn’t handle very well, understeers and tippy when you go into a faster corner, steering input too light and it moves around a bit on the line, nice commuter i guess. Maybe these euro editions are better

    • Puddingpopper

      Agree, lighter on its feet, will see how it does on coilovers and stickier tires….. wonder if a hydraulic steering unit from the mkv would fit, electric steering blows

      • javier

        that,s funny cuz we kept as a beater our mkv with it’s faulty mechatrionich dsg and the driver side door literally falling off but i just like the way it drives

        • Puddingpopper

          LOL same, that good ol mechatronic unit, got a brand new trans on the recall, broke 3 weeks later, not having the door problem thankfully… hopefully you didnt suffer the cam follower, need to check mine again

  • Harry_Wild

    Will it come to the U.S.?

    • LWOAP

      Probably not.

  • Since this is run of the mill special, they could have gone wild with stripped out interior.

    • SteersUright

      Or at least a wider track and some slightly flared out fenders would be a nice nod towards a true performance version.

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