Volkswagen taking orders for the Golf GTI TCR

Volkswagen announced the price and availability of the Golf GTI TCR which, as expected, retains the looks and the performance figures of the concert car presented at the 2018 Wörthersee GTI event in Austria. The special edition which is inspired by the two-time championship winning Golf TCR racecar, is only available in Europe at the moment with a price tag of 38,950 euros (61,831 aud) in Germany.

The 2.0 liter TSI engine produces 213 kW (290 hp) and 370 Nm of torque and is exclusively combined with the 7 speed DSG dual clutch gearbox which sends the power to the front wheels. In order to manage all that extra power, the car is equipped with a front axle differential lock, perforated brake discs and driving profile selection. As of performance, the GTI TCR can accelerate from 0-100km/h in just 5.6 seconds, which makes it the quickest GTi to date, while top speed can optionally be increased from 250 to 260 km/h.

Visually, the swan song of the Golf MK7.5 generation, is distinguished by the 18 inch Belvedere forged wheels (alternatively Milton Keynes alloy wheels of the same size can be ordered), the front splitter, black mirror caps, side sill extensions, TCR rear spoiler and rear diffuser. Other optional touches include a honeycomb decor foil for the side panels, carbon door mirror caps and a black painted roof.

Inside, we find premium sport seats upholstered in microfibre fabric, seat belts with red detailing as well as an exclusive sport steering wheel with perforated leather and a red mark at the top. The rich equipment also includes Front Assist, Active Info Display and LED headlights.

Buyers can also customize their TCR with two optional packages. The first one costs 2, 350 euros (3,730 aud) and includes larger Reifnitz 19-inch rims with 235/35 R 19 tyres, the 260km/h top speed upgrade, sportier setting for the rear dampers and the DCC adaptive chassis control system.

The second and more track-focused package costs 3,200 euros (5,079 aud) and besides the top speed upgrade, the sportier suspension and the DCC system, it adds Pretoria 19-inch rims shod in semi-slick 235/35 R 19 tyres and extra wheel locks.

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