Volkswagen has just unveiled the Golf GTI TCR, a street-legal version inspired by the touring car racing model.
The TCR slots between the Golf GTI Performance and Golf R, and packs a 290 PS (286 hp / 213 kW) turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. That’s 45 PS (44 hp / 34 kW) more than the GTI and only 10 PS (10 hp / 7 kW) less than the R.
The seven-speed dual-clutch transmission channels the output to the front wheels, for a 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) sprint time of 5.6 seconds, while top speed can be optionally increased from 250 to 260 km/h (155-162 mph).
The new Golf GTI TCR stands out courtesy of a few exterior updates, such as the front splitter, side sill extensions, roof spoiler and diffuser, which are all specific to this model. It also gets 18-inch wheels, black side mirror caps, LED headlights, a front-axle differential lock and perforated brake discs.
Clients can spec a new honeycomb foil for the side panels, black roof and carbon mirror caps. They can also choose between a couple of optional packages. The first one comes with the DCC adaptive suspension, sportier rear damping, increased V-max and 19-inch rims with 235/35 tires. The second one gets the same features and adds semi-slicks for the (different) 19-inch wheels, and additional wheel locks with anti-theft protection.
Opening the doors projects the TCR logo to the tarmac, and once inside, users will find front sports seats with new microfiber/fabric design, an exclusive sports steering wheel and red accents all around.
Order books have already opened in Germany, where the starting price stands at €38,950 ($44,554), tax included. This places it exactly between the €33,625 ($38,463) Golf GTI Performance and the €41,175 ($47,099) Golf R, while the optional packages cost €2,350 ($2,688) and €3,200 ($3,660), respectively.