Volkswagen recently revealed the new Golf GTI TCR, billing it as a “new evolutionary stage” of the GTI nameplate’s storied history. And now the German firm has dropped a few more details as well as fresh photographs of the hot hatch that will effectively serve as the swansong to the seventh-generation Golf.
A newly published “technical data” sheet shows the three-door Golf GTI TCR’s turbocharged 2,0-litre four-cylinder will produce its 213 kW from 5 400 to 6 400 r/min, while its 380 N.m will be on offer between 1 800 and 5 300 r/min. Power is directed to the front wheels via a seven-speed DSG as standard.
While the top speed is listed as 250 km/h, the limiter can be optionally removed, raising the figure to 260 km/h. As we pointed out in the original story, the hot Golf (which employs a locking differential on the front axle) can hit 100 km/h from standstill in a claimed 5,6 seconds (a full eight-tenths quicker than the standard GTI), with the Wolfsburg-based automaker now also confirming a zero to 80 km/h time of 4,1 seconds.
The kerb weight comes in at some 1 410 kg, while fuel consumption on the new WLTP method (the Golf GTI TCR’s engine is fitted with a petrol particulate filter) is a claimed 6,7 L/100 km.
Furthermore, the Golf GTI TCR has been equipped with two extra radiators up front, the same as the all-wheel-drive Golf R. VW says the standard stainless-steel exhaust system has been “tuned for the increased performance”, with the tailpipes arranged on either side of the rear diffuser.
The special model also gains a high-gloss black finish for its new splitter, side-sills and side-mirror caps as well as a black roof spoiler. Volkswagen will offer the Golf GTI TCR in a new “Pure Grey” hue, alongside other familiar GTI colours such as “Pure White”, “Tornado Red”, “Deep Black Pearl Effect” and “Oryx White Pearl Effect”. With certain colours, there is the option to order the roof in a contrasting black finish.
Perforated brake discs, driving profile selection, front sport seats (with a new microfibre/fabric design), seat belts with red edging and an “exclusive” sports steering wheel are also part of the standard equipment list.
So, is the most powerful GTI of the current model range coming to South Africa? Well, VW SA earlier told CARmag.co.za “there are currently no confirmed plans to introduce the GTI TCR in the local market”, although considering just how popular the standard GTI is here (and the fact SA received 47 of the global production run of 400 units of the Clubsport S), we wouldn’t be surprised if it turned up at some point in 2019...