Wörthersee is one of the world's biggest single-make vehicle shows, and like every year, VW brings a selection of concepts to whet the appetites of enthusiasts at the show and beyond. For comparison, the GolfGTI TCR racer packs 345 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque.
Following its debut at Wörthersee, which is the annual GTI enthusiasts' Mecca attended by around 125 000 visitors every year, the TCR will go into production at the end of the 2018 as a special run out model before the all-new eighth-generation Golf arrives in 2019. A seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox and a front axle differential lock fire the power to the front wheels.
In addition to the mechanical upgrades, the TCR also rides some 20mm lower than the standard GTI, integrating adaptive dampers as standard on 18-inch, or new 19-inch alloy wheels. With the limiter removed, it can reach a maximum speed of 164mph, 9mph more than the Golf R. Standard top speed of the TCR is 155mph, the same as the Golf R. Bespoke TCR graphics and branding will likely complete the package.
No, it's not the actual and very successful touring vehicle one that Volkswagen has made available to private teams since 2016 - this is a new road-going hot hatch that'll sit atop the Golf GTI range.
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