Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR goes against green policy image

While the German automaker is refocusing its strategy on getting the best out of the green segment, the motorsport divisions still get away with rockets like this…

Volkswagen is outing for its race clients the updated variant of the Golf GTI TCR track-exclusive. For the 2017 model year, the carmaker focused on delivering better aerodynamics for the hatchback, which comes with larger air intakes at the front, even wider fenders and wheel arches, and slightly tweaked diffusers for optimized air flow. Motivation is still coming from a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, which has been massaged to cover up to 350 horsepower (261 kilowatts), which is about 20 hp (15 kW) more than on the outgoing model. The four-pot is linked to a six-speed sequential racing transmission, complete with steering wheel mounted paddle shifters.

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Volkswagen hasn’t revealed the performance credentials just yet, but we could be seeing better figures than the current Golf GTI TCR, which can sprint to 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) from zero in about 5.2 seconds. By the way, for the 2016 season the Golf GTI TCR took home 17 races and two championships for different customer teams around the world. Volkswagen Motorsport has already opened the order books for the upgraded version and we already know the first team to get it – Liqui Moly Team Engstler, which fights in the German ADAC TCR, TCR Asia, and TCR Middle East series.