VW's 286-hp Golf GTI TCR is nearly production-ready

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The GTI TCR is just a concept for now, but Volkswagen wants the vehicle to make production.

Power for the latest in a long line of Golf GTI-based concepts hails from the same turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine used by the earlier Golf GTI Clubsport.

VW claims a top speed of 164 miles per hour, though the auto is now limited to 155 miles per hour. It's mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

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The TCR gets 18-inch Belvedere wheels as standard with 19-inch hoops being optional. The same option box that gets you a higher top speed will also get you electronically adjustable dampers with a sport chassis setting for maximum wheel-lift action. Behind the alloy wheels are perforated brake discs with special brake calipers and pads. VW describes it as "a new milestone" in this history of the GTI, a road version of the TCR racing vehicle. The production version will also use Akrapovič titanium system. The exterior of Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR Concept features newly designed bumpers and the front one features sharp-looking splitter. Buyers will be able to specify TCR decals over the rear of the sills, a body side foil featuring the honeycomb shape reflected in the design of the grille and puddle lamps that project a TCR logo to the side of the auto when the door is opened. The sports seat in the inside wears newly designed microfiber upholstery that matches trim on the door cards and gear lever.

The inside is marked out by "Flash Red" accents on the seats and at 12 o'clock on the steering wheel - because that's like the race auto, see - as well as more red on the seatbelts and gear selector.

Volkswagen will launch the Golf GTI TCR in Europe at the end of 2018, while the company will might just introduce the model in other markets as well, depending on demands of course. However, with the development of the eighth-generation Golf - planned for introduction in 2019 - already at an advanced stage, the road-going Golf GTI TCR appears set for a relatively short production life.

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