Volkswagen unveils 290bhp Golf GTI TCR concept


Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR Concept was unveiled internationally.

The carmaker provides factory support to privateer teams at the Touring Car Racing (TCR) championship with a dedicated 350hp, track-based version of the Golf GTI developed by Volkswagen Motorsport.

Golf GTI TCR will claim its place as a segment benchmark with 290HP of maximum power and 370 Nm of smashing torque, that too from 1600 rpm.

The Golf GTI TCR is powered by the same engine used in the GTI which is a 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder petrol engine which is used by the earlier Golf GTI Clubsport.

A series of styling changes – all aimed at enhancing its performance, according to VW – sets the GTI TCR apart from the standard Golf GTI.

These include a reprofiled front bumper (featuring altered outer ducts to cool an additional radiator within the engine bay), a more prominent front splitter element, wider sills underneath the doors and a large full-width diffuser element at the rear housed between two chromed Akrapovič tailpipes.