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The TCR Concept was shown at the annual Wörthersee fan meet in Austria. The new performance version of the GTI hatchback celebrates VW's participation at the championship. The front-wheel-drive Golf GTI TCR will make production later this year but in limited numbers. The eighth-generation Golf is already at an advanced stage and looks set for a 2019 release.
The GTI TCR will be powered by the same turbocharged 2.0-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine, which is used by the earlier Golf GTI Clubsport. The car comes with a front differential lock and a six-speed dual-clutch gearbox with steering wheel-mounted shift paddles. The car also is fitted with a particulate filter and the titanium Akrapovič exhaust system as standard.
The engine makes 290hp and 369Nm and offers four driving modes - Eco, Normal, Sport and Individual. The car is fitted with a reprofiled front bumper, a more prominent front splitter element, wider sills underneath the doors and a large full-width diffuser element at the rear housed between two chromed Akrapovič tailpipes. VW says there will be five exterior colours – a new pure grey hue, along with the traditional GTI colours (pure white, tornado red and deep black pearl effect).