Volkswagen continues testing Golf GTI TCRSeptember 22, 2020
The Golf GTI is a revised version of one of Volkswagen’s most popular hatchbacks, offering one of the most balanced driving experiences in its class, but may seem a bit too relaxed when compared to competitors such as the Honda Civic Type R.
The good news is that Volkswagen has been hard at work to offer fans a spicy version of its front-wheel-drive GTI, beyond the hardcore Golf R due later this year. The Golf GTI MK8 was released at the end of February and now spy shots show the further progress of the high-performance version of the TCR.
The TCR made a brief appearance in the MK7 lineup, but Volkswagen says it will now be a permanent member of the GTI family, midway between the regular GTI and the top-of-the-line Golf R. A recently released TCR video shows the car being tested at the Nurburgring with little or no camouflage. The only thing hidden was the side badge on the front fender.
Spy shots taken earlier this year showed that the car has a more aggressive front bumper with larger air intakes. In the video, the hatchback shows low ground clearance and ventilated brake discs hiding behind newly added alloy wheels. The tailpipes also look larger than the standard GTI, while the interior adds carbon fiber details and more powerful bucket seats.
According to preliminary information, the 2021 Golf GTI TCR will be powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine producing 296 horsepower, up 55 hp. more than standard 241 hp in the GTI and the torque should rise to around 400 Nm. It’s unclear if Volkswagen will offer the vehicle with a manual transmission, but it will likely stick to the proven DSG configuration. The TCR is expected to launch in the coming months, with the faster Golf R showing its face in late 2020.
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