Volkswagen teases Golf GTI TCR


Get ready for the fastest Golf GTI yet.

The next-generation VW Golf GTI is set to adopt a mild hybrid powertrain that promises to boost performance and refinement while reducing fuel consumption and emissions compared with the current model. The optional removal of the 250 km/h speed limiter means the vehicle should be able to notch 264 km/h at the top end. The new GTI TCR Concept is just such a auto, but in VW's words is "very near production". As proven with the previous Golf GTI Clubsport and Clubsport S, this often resulted in a brilliant mix of GTI usability with an added bump in performance and capability. The teaser above reveals a new diffuser and a unique wheel pattern.

The GTI TCR gets a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission where the Clubsport saw only a manual, however, plus a locking front differential standard. The latter are bespoke to the TCR and only available in a gloss black finish.

Hidden underneath the new rear bumper is a stainless steel exhaust system, with a further option of a titanium system by Slovenian firm Akrapovič.

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Set to be the fastest Volkswagen Golf GTI ever is the confirmed special-edition Golf GTI TCR that will be unveiled at Wörthersee.

Volkswagen will be revealing a hardcore version of the iconic Golf GTI hatchback on May 9 in Austria.

The name of the upcoming model is inspired by Volkswagen's GTI TCR race auto that competes in the International Touring vehicle series.