The annual Worthersee festival is a popular destination for Golf GTI fans, as every year Volkswagen showcases some interesting concept cars and performance versions of the Golf. For 2018, VW debuted two concept cars based on the Golf VII GTI (facelift) with increased power figures and various visual modifications.
Lets start with the VW Golf VII GTI Next Level concept which is a work of the company’s apprentices. The car is powered by a reworked 2.0 TSI engine producing 302 kw (411 ps) combined with a 7 speed DSG gearbox. Unfortunately Volskwagen didn’t release any more details on the specifications of the concept car that will probably stay a one-off.
Under the bonnet of the GTI TCR there is an updated version of the 2.0 liter TSI engine producing 213 kw (290 ps) at 5000-6800 rpm and 370 Nm of torque between 1600 and 4300 rpm. Power is transmitted to the front wheels as standard via a 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox (DSG) and a locking differential from the VW Golf VII GTI performance (facelift). The factory-set maximum speed is 250 km/h, but this can be increased to 264 km/h by opting to remove the electronic Vmax limiter. That makes the GTI TCR the fastest production version of the Golf GTI ever, although the VW Golf VII GTI Clubsport S from last year, is still the most powerful with 228 kw (310 ps) of power and 380 Nm of torque.
The optional package that removes the speed limiter, also includes a set of 19 inch wheels, 20 mm lower body with sport chassis and the Dynamic Chassis Control system (DCC).