A new chapter was opened in the history of the VW Golf GTI with the world premiere of Golf GTI TCR Concept, the road version of the international class racing car TCR. The premiere took place during the legendary GTI meeting in Reifnitz am Wörthersee (Austria).
The design, power and performance of the Golf GTI TCR Concept adhere to the doctrine of the pure sports car. The 290 horsepower of its turbocharged engine is transmitted to the front wheels from 1.600 rpm as standard, via a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission (DSG) and differential lock.
Numerous features reinforce the particularly sporty character of the new Volkswagen. The future series version will leave the Wolfsburg plant with 18-inch "Belvedere" forged wheels; As an option, it can also be fitted with 19-inch alloy wheels.
Behind the big tires, there is a high performance braking system, with perforated brake discs, which allows the series model to be braked with the same ease as the competition TCR model. The top-of-the-range Golf GTI also comes equipped with two extra radiators that ensure adequate cooling for the high-performance engine.
If they wish, the most enthusiastic drivers can order a package that brings the performance of the model even closer to the level of the competition version: In addition to removing the Vmax speed limiter and the new 19-inch wheels, it includes an even more dynamic sports chassis, as well as Adaptive Suspension (DCC). Allows you to adapt the settings of the electrically adjustable dampers at the push of a button.
The prototype of the Golf GTI TCR shows that the future production version will also reflect its excellent positioning in terms of exterior design: at the front, the newly designed front bumper, with a precise contour divider, identifies the TCR version of the GTI. Also new is the newly designed panel attached to the side, which extends to the rear. Here, it joins with a diffuser and with the pipes of the exhaust system.
In the contours of the car, the letters "TCR" above door sills attract attention and can be personalized with additional decoration provided by the typical GTI honeycomb design. The Golf has a particularly attractive effect when the front doors are opened: the TCR logo is projected onto the asphalt. The stainless steel door sill trims are personalized by a red illuminated element.
Inside, the high-end sports seats are equipped with microfiber / textile covers, specially made for the model. The door inserts and the gear lever lining are also microfiber. The seats in the center sections are colored “Flash Red”, which provides contrast elements and acts as a bridge with the red stitching on the sports steering wheel. This one comes, as in racing cars, with a red decorative strip at the 12 o'clock mark.