Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR Concept is the fastest Golf GTI ever at 264 kmph top speed and is confirmed to spawn a production model by the end of this year
The 2018 GTI Meeting at Worthersee between May 9 and 12 has witnessed the unveiling of the Golf GTI TCR Concept. Volkswagen says the cult compact car is a ‘new milestone’ and in its production guise. The concept has a top speed of 164 mph (264 kmph) and its road-going version has been confirmed to bear the same nomenclature.
Stated as the athlete derived from racing, Volkswagen will bring the Golf GTI TCR into light by the end of this year. The major highlight is the powertrain as the concept uses a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine, which is good enough to produce a maximum power output of 290 PS and 370 Nm of peak torque from as low as 1,600 rpm.
All the energy is delivered to the front wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch DSG automatic transmission and a LSD (Limited Slip Differential). While right off the factory the Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR Concept gets a top speed of 250 kmph, it can be increased to 264 kmph by removing the electronic speed limiter.
While Clubsport S is the most powerful Golf GTI built by Volkswagen, the Golf GTI TCR can be credited with the fastest ever tag at the aforementioned top speed. It adorns 18-inch “Belvedere” forged aluminum-alloy wheels as standard fitment and the newly designed 19-inch alloys as an option.
Other main features are perforated brake discs with specially designed calipers and pads, sports chassis setting and DCC adaptive damping allowing the electronically adjustable dampers to be adjusted with the touch of a button. It provides option to choose between sporty, comfort or normal chassis settings.
On the outside, it comprises of a new front bumper feeding air into the two additional radiators and a sharply contoured front splitter, a new side skirt extension, newly designed diffuser, integrated exhaust tailpipes, TCR lettering above the side skirts and optional GTI-style honeycomb trim on the sides.
Inside the cabin, the concept has sport seats with unique microfibre and fabric covers, as well as red central motif, contrast stitching on the steering wheel and shifter, TCR logo projected on to the ground at the opening of the doors, and stainless steel rocker trim with red illuminated element.