Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR Concept unveiled

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VW has revealed the Golf GTI TCR concept at the annual Wörthersee GTI Meeting as the fastest derivative of the popular GTI. With a top speed of 264kmph, the Golf GTI TCR is the fastest ever road-legal Golf to be manufactured and is the road version of the two-time victor of the global TCR race series.

Under the bonnet, the TCR's 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine has been tuned to deliver 213kW of power, and 370Nm of torque from 1600rpm.

The chassis of the more aggressive GTI TCR will feature bigger brakes, two extra radiators for better cooling during track usage and 18-inch forged alloys as standard; 19-inch wheels will be offered as an option.

VW has confirmed to Autocar UK that the production version of the Golf GTI TCR will use the same engine, which comes as standard with a particulate filter and the titanium Akrapovič exhaust system previously only available on the four-wheel-drive Golf R, in combination with a front differential lock and six-speed dual-clutch gearbox with steering wheel-mounted shift paddles.

As a result, the TCR-badged Golf GTI can hit a top speed of 264 km/h (164 mph) with the electronic limiter removed, making this auto the fastest GTI of the current model range. To bring the Golf GTI TCR to a stop, it packs large brake discs t with special calipers and pads. If it turns out to be true, then it will make the Golf GTI TCR fastest GTI in the current model range.

Outwardly from the standard hatchback TCR version can be distinguished by a different front bumper with new air ducts, a different splitter, extended side "skirts" and rear diffuser. The sports seat in the inside wears newly designed microfiber upholstery that matches trim on the door cards and gear lever. The Worthersee GTI festival is taking place on May 9, allowing VW fans to see what the TCR will look like in the metal when it goes into production towards the end of the year.

The inside is marked out by "Flash Red" accents on the seats and at 12 o'clock on the steering wheel - because that's like the race vehicle, see - as well as more red on the seatbelts and gear selector.