Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR

by • May 24, 2016 • NewsComments (0)5884

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.

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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.”

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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.

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