New Volkswagen Golf 8: GTI model will again be offered in TCR form…

Volkswagen has confirmed the upcoming GTI version of its freshly revealed Golf 8 will again be offered in TCR form.

Deep in the press material for the eighth-generation Golf (pictured below), VW mentions the performance derivatives that are scheduled to be revealed “over the course of the next year”.

In addition to the Golf GTI and Golf R, the press release lists the GTI TCR as well as the diesel-powered GTD and already revealed plug-in hybrid GTE.

The Wolfsburg-based firm also confirmed the GTI, GTI TCR and R would again be powered by 2,0-litre TSI engines. Interestingly, the release furthermore says the most powerful Golf will generate “over 221 kW” (the output of the European-spec Golf 7 R).

Meanwhile, VW South Africa has confirmed the local line-up of the new hatchback will again include a Golf 1,4 TSI variant (with 110 kW), the GTI and the range-topping R model. The GTI will be the first to arrive locally “late in 2020”. Each will be offered with the firm’s DSG dual-clutch transmission as standard.

Of course, the TCR version of the outgoing seventh-generation Golf is scheduled to touch down in South Africa in the second quarter of 2020 (before the first Golf 8 arrives) in limited numbers and priced from “under R700 000”.

As a reminder, the outgoing Golf 7 GTI TCR employs the brand’s familiar turbocharged 2,0-litre four-cylinder, but in this case tuned to deliver 213 kW and 370 N.m, up on the standard GTI’s outputs of 169 kW and 350 N.m.

Fitted with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, Volkswagen says the special model is capable of sprinting from zero to 100 km/h in 5,6 seconds – a full eight-tenths quicker than the standard GTI. Maximum speed, meanwhile, is 250 km/h, although the automaker says this can “optionally be increased to 260 km/h”.


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