At last year’s GTI Meeting at Wörthersee, Volkswagen debuted a road-going concept inspired by its TCR race car. Today, Volkswagen is debuting the production version, which is now available for order in Europe.
The model starts with a two-door GTI, so given that the two-door Golf body style is no longer offered in the U.S., it’s probably a safe bet we’re not getting the TCR stateside. The car’s 2.0-liter turbo-four engine has been tuned to deliver 286 hp—just 20 hp shy of the one in the all-wheel-drive Golf R. Volkswagen claims a 0-62 mph time of 5.6 seconds. The engine pairs to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Top speed is 155 mph in standard form, but an available V-Max upgrade brings it up to 161 mph.
The Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR features a front-axle differential lock, perforated brake discs, a special TCR roof spoiler, and a rear diffuser. It also receives LED headlights, a front splitter, sill extensions, black mirror caps, and 18-inch wheels.
As part of a package, buyers can opt for 19-inch wheels, the V-Max upgrade, and a sports version of the rear damping system and the DCC adaptive chassis control system. Another package brings along differently styled 19-inch wheels on race-ready semi-slick tires, as well as the other upgrades from the first package. Other available features include a black roof, honeycomb decor foil for the side panels, and carbon mirror caps.
Inside the cabin, look for sport seats with a special red racing pattern. There are also seat belts with red edging, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with a red mark at 12 o’clock.