The Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR Concept has made its debut at this year’s Wörtherseetreffen event in Reifnitz, Austria, previewing a series production model that customers will actually be able to buy later this year. While it may be referred to as a concept, expect the final product to be almost identical to what is seen here.

Headline figures start with the 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder TSI engine under the bonnet, which has been tuned to serve up 290 PS and 370 Nm of torque. To ensure the engine remains cool while delivering such a high level of performance, the GTI TCR gains two extra radiators.

All of that power is sent to the front wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch DSG gearbox and a locking differential. Volkswagen hasn’t provided a 0-100 km/h time but the ingredients certainly suggest it will have a standard GTI beat.

As for the top speed, Volkswagen offers two options. Opting for the standard configuration, the car comes with 18-inch “Belvedere” forged wheels, larger brakes and an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h.

For those who need that little bit more, there’s an optional package that bumps the top speed up to 264 km/h by doing away with the Vmax limiter, making this Golf the fastest GTI of the current model range.

You’ll also get 19-inch wheels, a 20 mm lower ride height, adjustable sports suspension and adaptive chassis control (DCC). Also available for a little extra is an Akrapovic titanium exhaust system.

Styling-wise, a new front spoiler marks the GTI TCR from a regular GTI, along with side skirts, “TCR” badging and logo projector. Moving inside, you’ll find seats upholstered with a mix of microfibre and fabric, the former also used on the door inserts and gear lever. Red accents like the contrast stitching and 12 o’clock stripe on the steering wheel complete the look.