The German automaker is having a special Golf anniversary this year – 40 years of Golf GTI production – and the milestone is going to be celebrated in style with the new Golf GTI TCR.
The model has been developed together by Seat and VW’s motorsport divisions and comes as a customer racing car that will meet all the criteria to go head to head with the rest of the pack in the TCR International Series. Since we’re talking about a circuit car the Golf GTI TCR has been granted a massive aerodynamic wide body kit that comes with an all new bumper, a ventilated hood and big extensions to the wheel arches. There are also other side skirts and a more dynamic rear bumper. Since racing is its sole purpose, the GTI TCR has numerous aerodynamic elements such as a carbon fiber front splitter and a carbon fiber rear wing. Completing the menacing looks is the 18-inch racing wheels clad in Michelin rubber. The interior has also gained a roll cage and a racing seat with head protectors.
Under the bonnet sits a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine churning out 330 horsepower and 302 pound-feet of torque. It has been mated to a six-speed sequential racing transmission with steering wheel mounted paddle shifters. This assembly will get the GTI TCR to 62 mph (100 km/h) in around 5.2 seconds and then on to a top speed of about 143 mph. The engineers also fitted an adjustable suspension, a modified steering wheel, and a high-performance braking system with discs 14.2 inches up front and 12.2 inches in the rear. Only 20 units will be produced this year and apparently they have all been reserved.