Every year, fans flock to the annual Wörthersee event in Austria for everything Volkswagen-related. To make the event more special, the manufacturer themselves debut a special Golf model per year. This year is no exception. Volkswagen recently announced that they will be revealing the Golf GTI TCR at the show, and has released some teaser sketches of the upcoming model.
Should the name be familiar, it is because Volkswagen already has a track-only vehicle of the same name introduced back in 2016. This special edition model will essentially be a road-going counterpart of the race car, and will likely be the fastest GTI variant ever produced.
Based on the sketches, Volkswagen gave the GTI TCR a more aggressive design over the standard GTI. There is a new lip fitted on the front bumper as well as on the side skirts. At the rear, we see the biggest change with a more aggressive rear diffuser paired with larger exhaust tips. Completing the exterior makeover appears to be the larger wheels and TCR livery on the side.
Full details regarding the GTI TCR has yet to be released. Volkswagen does say however that it will use a turbo engine that produces 290 PS and 370 Nm of torque. In comparison, the track car produced 350 PS. Power is then sent to the front wheels via a 7-speed dual clutch gearbox with a front axle differential lock fitted standard.
Performance figures are expected to be released when the car fully debut in Wörthersee on May 9. Volkswagen does say that it has an electronically-limited top speed of 250km/h, but can do 264 km/h when unrestricted. This then would make it the most powerful GTI variant produced.
The Volksagen Golf GTI TCR is expected to go on sale later this year, and could possibly be a limited-run model.