Power comes from an engine shared with both other GTI models and the Golf R. The TCR’s 2.0-litre turbo produces 286bhp and 370Nm – 49bhp up on the regular GTI – which is sent through the front wheels via a seven-speed dual clutch transmission and locking differential.
Official acceleration times have yet to be revealed, but the TCR should cover the 0-62mph sprint in about six seconds. The offer to remove the 155mph limiter gives a potential top speed of 164mph.
Official sketches show that styling changes over the regular GTI are likely to be subtle. A deeper front splitter and side skirts are complemented by a more aggressive rear diffuser, and unique TCR graphics feature too. The artwork also suggests that drilled brake discs will be housed behind a unique alloy wheel design.
The GTI TCR is named after the International Touring Car series in which VW competes, securing the 2017 driver’s title in the hands of Jean-Karl Vernay last year. It’s due to make its public debut at the Wörthersee VW festival in Austria on May 9.
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