A special-edition version of the TCR race car will be up for grabs soon!

In just a couple of days, Volkswagen will show up to the Worthersee Enthusiast Festival with a prototype of the road-going Golf GTI TCR. Once it goes into production, it will be sold as a special edition model and will be powered by a 2.0-liter that’s good for 286 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. Those figures, in combination with the more aggressive looks, place the car in a position to bridge the gap between the Golf GTI and Golf R – If Volkswagen prices it correctly, anyway.

Volkswagen says that maximum horsepower is available between 5,000 and 6,800 rpm while torque comes into play between 1,600 rpm and 4,300 rpm. The only transmission available will be a seven-speed dual-clutch, so don’t expect to row your own with this one. It does, however, come standard with a limited-slip differential which should help improve traction and handling when things get a little dicey. Top speed will, naturally, be limited to 155 mph (because Germans) but can be increased to 164 mph if you’re willing to pay for it.

As far as pricing goes, we’ll have to wait until this prototype shifts into production, but that’s where Volkswagen will make it or break it. Even as a special edition, it’s not quite as powerful as the Golf R, so it would be hard to justify paying more than what you would to sit down inside a Gold R. Granted, it only falls short by six horsepower and 7 pound-feet but, if you’re a numbers guy, those small numbers can make all the difference. On that note, it will be significantly more powerful than the base GTI. In comparison, the GTI TCR will deliver an extra 66 horsepower and 15 pound-feet over the standard GTI, so don’t expect it to go for near-GTI money, either.

We haven’t gotten an official look at the prototype yet, but the few renderings released by Volkswagen should be enough to tame your curiosity until the prototype debuts on May 9 in Worthersee.

Volkswagen Golf Performance Specs

Volkswagen Golf GTI Volkswagen Golf R Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR
Engine 2.0-liter four-cylinder 2.0-liter inline four cylinder 2.0-liter inline four cylinder
Horsepower 220 HP @ 4,700 292 HP @ 5,400 RPM 286 HP
Torque 258 LB-FT @ 1,500 RPM 280 LB-FT @ 1,800 RPM 273 LB-FT
0 to 60 mph 5.5 seconds 4.9 seconds TBA
Top Speed 130 mph 155 mph 155 mph


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Press Release

The Golf GTI TCR is a 286-horsepower version of the TCR race series vehicle, with a potential unrestricted top speed of 164 mp
Herndon, VA – On Wednesday, May 9th, around 7,300 cars and 125,000 people are expected to turn the town of Reifnitz am Wörthersee in Austria into the Mecca of the Golf GTI world. A special highlight of the world’s largest GTI gathering this year will be the debut of the near-production-ready Golf GTI TCR. This top model in the GTI range, with 290PS/286 horsepower, will be launched at the end of the year.
This special edition is the road-going version of the two-time overall winner of the international TCR race series: the Golf GTI TCR. The new road-going GTI TCR’s turbocharged engine delivers its 286 hp between 5,000 and 6,800 rpm and has 273 pound-feet of torque from 1,600 rpm, remaining flat until 4,300 rpm. A 7-speed DSG® dual-clutch automatic transmission gearbox and a standard limited-slip differential are responsible for power transmission and excellent traction. The maximum speed is 155 mph, but this can be increased to 164 mph by opting to remove the electronic speed limiter.
With more than 2.2 million units sold, the Golf GTI has become one of the world’s most successful compact sporty cars. It all started life in 1976 as a 110-horsepower front-wheel drive hatchback, which made great driving dynamics affordable. Originally, only 5,000 cars of the original GTI were to be built – 4,400 times as many have now been produced.
About Volkswagen of America, Inc.
Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc., an operating unit of Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (VWoA) is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia. It is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. VWoA’s operations in the United States include research and development, parts and vehicle processing, parts distribution centers, sales, marketing and service offices, financial service centers, and its state -of-the- art manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Volkswagen Group is one of the world’s largest producers of passenger cars and Europe’s largest automaker. VWoA sells the Atlas, Beetle, Beetle Convertible, e-Golf, Golf, Gold Alltrack, Golf GTI, Golf R, Golf SportWagen, Jetta, Passat, Tiguan and Tiguan Limited vehicles through approximately 650 independent U.S. dealers. Visit Volkswagen of America online at www.vw.com or media.vw.com to learn more.
This press release and images of the Golf GTI TCR concept are available at media.vw.com. Follow us @VWNews
Mark Gillies

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