Volkswagen celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Golf GTI with the presentation of the new Golf GTI TCR.
Developed jointly by Seat and Volkswagen Motorsport, the model is a racing car designed to compete in the International Series TCR. Given its purpose, the model has been equipped with a wide body kit and aerodynamics that includes new front bumper, vented hood, and wheel arches. The body kit also includes revised side skirts and a sports rear bumper.
Since the car was designed for competition, it has been equipped with a series of aerodynamic style settings, including a front splitter and a rear spoiler carbon fiber. The VM new Golf GTI TCR is mounted on wheels racing 18-inch Michelin tires. Volkswagen also added a roll cage and racing seat with head protectors.
Power is provided by a four-cylinder 2.0-liter turbo that produces 330 horsepower and is connected to a sequential six-speed transmission featuring shift paddles mounted on the steering wheel. This allows the vehicle to accelerate from 0-100 km / h in approximately 5.2 seconds before reaching a top speed of 230 km / h.
In addition to the improved engine, engineers installed an adjustable suspension, a revised steering system, and a system of high-performance brake discs measuring 360 mm in front and 310 mm at the rear. In a statement, Volkswagen Motorsport Director Jost Capito said: “The Golf GTI TCR allows racing teams participating in motor sports for a reasonable price with a Volkswagen. We are providing them a car that is perfectly suited and prepared for this purpose: the Golf has not only made an excellent impression on tests, but also showed their potential in the competition. ”
Volkswagen Golf GTI will only build twenty TCR this year and all models are already reserved.