The stage is set for the new circuit racer: the Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR. The GTI is an attractive hot hatch to begin with, but this version’s wider fenders and big wing look perfect for the race track.
Power comes from the VW Golf R’s 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, but the tuning here pushes the output to 326 horsepower and 302 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed sequential gearbox sends the muscle to the front wheels.
Jordi Gené, who was the Volkswagen test and development driver, said. “The Golf GTI TCR is a real racer. Compared to last year’s concept car, we have made good progress in many areas. Thanks to the new six-speed sequential racing gearbox, an improved braking system, and modifications to the aerodynamics, the Golf is now even better to drive. As far as performance is concerned, I am sure that the customer sports teams will be able to challenge for the championship in the various TCR series.”
Volkswagen Motorsport already delivered five of the 20 examples of the GTI TCR for this season. The TCR International Series focuses on affordability by limiting competitors to production-based, front-wheel drive models. The GTI’s challengers this season include vehicles like the SEAT Leon, Alfa Romeo Giulietta, and Honda Civic.
The car costs 110,000 euros ($124,000 at current exchange rates) before applicable taxes. If that seems high, keep in mind quicker GT3 class racers like the McLaren 650S GT3 are the equivalent of $560,000 or the Lamborghini Huracán GT3 for $427,000.