The seventh-generation Volkswagen Golf might be closer to the end of its time than the beginning, but it’s still very much alive and kicking. To illustrate this fact, the German automaker has just revealed a beefed-up version of the GTI in the shape of the TCR Concept that was unveiled this week at the annual fan meet in Wörthersee in Austria.
This new take on the world’s most famous hot hatch is designed to celebrate VW’s participation in the Touring Car Racing (TCR) championship, so this is effectively a road-going version of the car that competes in that event. And the really good news is that despite being billed as a concept, Volkswagen has already confirmed that it’s going into production later this year and there’s also the suggestion that numbers won’t be restricted.
Jürgen Stackmann, the Volkswagen Board Member for Sales said at the unveiling: “At the moment, the Golf GTI TCR Concept – an athlete derived from racing sport – is a study. But at the end of the year, we want to make this GTI vision come true.”
So if you want one, and you can afford the as yet unspecified asking price, you’ll be able to go and buy one, eventually.
Of course, there is one slight downside – the front-wheel-drive Golf GTI TCR won’t offer the same 257kW as the racing version. Instead, the retail version will develop a still pretty useful 213kW using the same 2.0-litre turbo-four previously seen in the Golf GTI Clubsport. And that’s a full 33kW more than the seriously tuned engine in the regular Golf GTI with the performance package.
The engine will come as standard with a particulate filter and the titanium Akrapovič exhaust system that was previously the preserve of the four-wheel-drive Golf R, and will be complemented with a front differential lock and seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox with steering wheel-mounted shift paddles. The top speed of standard versions of the GTI TCR will be 250 km/h, but that can be enhanced to 264 km/h by choosing to remove the electronic Vmax limiter, which would then make this the fastest GTI in the current Golf model range. – AFP Relaxnews