Last year at the annual Volkswagen Golf celebration event, Wörtherseetreffen, the Wolfsburg automaker unveiled the Golf GTI TCR as a concept vehicle. Though, even then, it was plain to see that it was a concept by name only, requiring a mere impulse from top brass to start production.
Sure enough, that situation has played out exactly as predicted, and a street version of the Golf GTI TCR, named to commemorate the two time overall winner of the international TCR racing series, has now gone on sale in Germany virtually identical to last year’s ‘concept’.
As plain as can be, this TCR is basically an even hotter limited edition variant of the Mark 7.5 Golf GTI Performance in 3-door guise, but instead of its 2.0-litre turbo-petrol engine producing the typical 180kW, the tune has been raised to generate 213kW, matching that of the Golf R but remaining front-driven.
Power is funnelled through a 7-speed dual clutch DSG, as usual, but thanks to the spicier engine can now sprint to 100km/h from rest in just 5.6 seconds where a stock Golf GTI would manage the same in over 6 seconds. Top speed is 260km/h, but only if you tick the option to remove the electronic limiter.
Given its higher rank within the Golf family, the GTI TCR is loaded with a lot more standard equipment than normal, examples being the inclusion of the Active Info Display digital instrument cluster, full LED headlights, locking front differential, and premium sports seats upholstered in a mix of microfibre and fabric. The red accents also match the seat belts and steering wheel.
The exterior of the car, meanwhile, stands apart through its 18-inch gloss black Belvedere forged Belvedere wheels, black exterior mirror caps, extended side sills, front splitter, and unique TCR roof spoiler and rear diffuser element. Additional customisation includes carbon fibre door mirrors, a black painted roof, honeycomb side panel decals (pictured here) and 19-inch Pretoria alloys with semi-slick track tyres.