Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR racing car revealed

Brett Davis

Volkswagen has revealed the Golf GTI TCR racing car, which is eligible to compete in the TCR International Series.

Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR

Loosely based on the Mk7 Golf GTI, the TCR version gets a custom pumped-out body with bulging wheel arches that accommodate 18-inch wheels, along with carbon fibre spoilers front and rear, and muscular side skirts.

Power is provided by a 2.0-litre turbo four-cylinder that generates 243kW and 410Nm. The beefy engine is matched to a six-speed sequential transmission built for motorsport purposes. Overall, the combination is capable of seeing 0-100km/h in 5.2 seconds.

Straight line speed is not what Golf TCR is all about though. It’s designed to tackle corners. As such, it features fully adjustable suspension, a sturdy roll cage system with improved rigidity, and a braking overhaul with 14.2-inch discs on the front and 12.2-inch units on the rear.

The launch of the new TCR edition also coincides with the Golf GTI’s 40th anniversary. In a statement, Volkswagen said:

“The new Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR has the seal of quality in its name: 40 years after the launch of the first Golf GTI, the customer sports version also possesses the acronym that, since 1976, has been synonymous with the Wolfsburg-based car maker’s sporting character, powerful engines and maximum performance.”

Volkswagen is building just 20 of these racers via its Motorsport division, and all have apparently been sold.

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