The new Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR photographed without camouflageFebruary 7, 2020
How do we know this is a hotter TCR? The devil is in the details.
Volkswagen introduced the eighth generation Golf closer to the end of last year with its interchangeable hybrid GTE sibling, but the best is yet to come. No, we do not mean the more practical station wagon and its durable analog Alltrack, since we are actually talking about a quartet of derivatives confirmed to be launched in 2020 – GTI, GTI TCR, GTD and the mighty R. We saw an entry-level hatchback, but this is the first time we are allowed to take a look at the track-ready TCR.
Having received the TCR suffix after the championship, which started in 2014, the Golf GTI TCR will be a continuation of the model of the same name, released in Europe a year ago, as the road equivalent of a racing car. How do we know that this prototype depicts a more powerful model? Take a closer look at the front wheels where you will see drilled brake discs. The previous GTI TCR also had them, while the prototypes of the new regular GTI were caught by spies with regular disks.
Although this is not immediately noticeable, our spies tell us that the test car had a slightly stiffer suspension setup compared to the standard Golf GTI prototype seen in the past when the car was sitting closer to the road. Here and there is still some kind of black camouflage, but in fact it does not hide anything that we have not seen before. We notice that some wires stick out of the hood and pass inside the cab, where they are probably connected to the measuring device, thus signaling VW paid close attention to the engine.
Speaking of which, the leaked slideshow of what was supposed to be a presentation revealed the juicy results of all four presented Golf. The base GTI was listed as having 241 hp, while the more powerful GTI TCR was rated at 296 hp. or 10 hp above the old. Although you may be tempted to believe that it will be the most powerful front-wheel Golf, this will not happen, as the former NUrburgring FWD champion – Golf GTI Clubsport S – had 306 hp.
VW has already confirmed that the Golf GTI will premiere at the Geneva Motor Show next month, but it’s unclear whether there will be a TCR in Switzerland either. Otherwise, it cannot be too far behind, as logic tells us that the TCR and GTD will debut before the flagship R prepares for the fall premiere. When the model really debuts, expect the TCR to come exclusively with a dual-clutch automatic transmission, just like its predecessor.
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