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New VW Golf GTI TCR 2020 pricing and spec detailed: Honda Civic Type R-rivalling cost for hot hatch swansong

Power is increased from 180kW to 213kW in the VW Golf GTI TCR compared to the standard hot hatch.

Volkswagen’s Golf GTI TCR will land in Australian showrooms in July wearing a $51,490 before on-road costs pricetag, and will be limited to just 300 units as the swansong to the current 7.5-generation hot hatch.

Positioned between the $46,690 front-drive GTI and $55,490 all-paw R, pricing also puts the GTI TCR up against the $51,990 Honda Civic Type R, $52,990 Renault Megane RS Trophy and $52,140 Subaru WRX STI.

However, with an increase to price also comes an increase to performance, with VW turning up the wick on the Golf’s 2.0-litre turbo-petrol four-cylinder engine.

Power jumps from 180kW to 213kW, matching the superseded GTI 40 Years of 2016 and the current Aussie-spec R, but torque actually drops from 370Nm to 350Nm.

With drive sent to the front axle via a six-speed wet-clutch DSG automatic, the Golf GTI TCR can accelerate from zero to 100km/h in an estimated 5.7 seconds – 0.6s quicker and 0.9s slower than the GTI 40 Years and R respectively.

Other changes in the GTI TCR include adaptive chassis control, performance front brakes, stiffer and 5mm-lower suspension, and a freer flowing exhaust.

From the outside, the TCR wears 19-inch wheels, blacked out roof and mirror caps, honeycomb side decals, and dynamic cornering LED headlights, while inside the new Golf GTI gains Alcantara seats, black and red interior, and a new steering wheel with perforated leather and a red 12 o’clock stripe.

The only option available to the GTI TCR is a $1900 glass panoramic sunroof.

Exterior colour options are also limited to Pure White, Tornado Red and Pure Grey.