In another bid to commemorate the 40th anniversary of its Golf GTI, Volkswagen has revealed the new Golf GTI TCR – a customer racing version of the Mk7 Golf GTI, primed for competition in the TCR International Series touring car championship.
Developed together with Seat’s motorsports division, only 20 examples of the Golf GTI TCR will be produced this year, and we understand that they have all been sold already. Customers are expecting to have their cars by the end of this week.
Built as per FIA regulations for the TCR touring car championship, this Golf features a 2.0 litre turbocharged engine from the Golf R that delivers 330 hp at 6,200 rpm and 410 Nm of torque from 2,500 rpm. It performs the century sprint in 5.2 seconds, and has a limited top speed of 230 km/h.
The Golf GTI TCR also gets six-speed sequential shifter that delivers power exclusively to the front wheels. As you can tell by these illustrations, there’s also a wide body kit, a large front splitter and a massive rear wing to note.
Volkswagen adds that its GTI TCR has 18-inch racing wheels, a modified chassis that is 40 cm wider than a regular Golf’s MQB platform, several FIA-approved racing items such as a fuel tank, roll cage, seats, and more.
“The Golf GTI TCR allows customer racing teams to partake in reasonably-priced motorsport with a Volkswagen. Furthermore, the teams can expand their motorsport commitments in numerous TCR championships, both at national and international level,” said Jost Capito, Volkswagen Motorsport Director.
“We are providing them with a car that is ideally suited and prepared for this purpose: the Golf has not only made an outstanding impression at tests, but also shown its great potential in competition. We are delighted by the high demand for the car among customer racing teams, which confirms that we are doing a good job,” he concluded.