The most hardcore Volkswagen Golf GTI ever, the 2019 VW Golf GTI TCR, is coming to Australia.
Confirmed by the German company’s local arm as being a “limited release special model”, the new TCR (Touring Class Racing) - which debuted in thinly-veiled concept form at the Worthersee GTI event earlier this year - is set to become an instant collector’s item.
Just how limited the car will be in Australia is unknown - “don’t think 1000”, according to VW Australia, but the company has confirmed it will be sold here as a five-door hatchback, with a seven-speed DSG dual-clutch only. And that it’ll bring Golf R levels of grunt to the party, with the 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo engine churning out 213kW/370Nm.
Those outputs represent a 33kW (+18 per cent) power hike over the soon-to-arrive 2019 Golf GTI model, which has 180kW. The torque figure is identical, but there’s no denying the TCR will give VW a rival to the likes of the Honda Civic Type R.
The TCR is fitted with a mechanical front differential to help deal with the physics of getting all that power to the ground through only the front wheels, and a top speed of 250km/h (or 264km/h, if you option the limiter removal) will be achievable.
Just like the concept model, the TCR is expected to feature lightweight 18-inch alloy wheels, bigger brakes, a sharper set of styling fins around the bottom edge of the car, bigger exhaust tips, and upgraded interior trim. It’s not clear if the trippy decals will be fitted.
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