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The Golf GTI TCR Threatens to Nip the Golf R’s Heels

Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR Concept

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The Golf GTI TCR Threatens to Nip the Golf R’s Heels

Volkswagen promised us something big at the 2018 running of the GTI Meeting at Wörthersee, and it delivered in a big and confusing way with its Golf GTI TCR Concept.

Billed as an “almost ready for production” concept, the GTI TCR Concept rolls in boasting a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 286 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. This potent four-pot will pair with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission that will deliver the power to the front wheels.

Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR Concept

Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR Concept

While this sounds nothing short of outstanding, Golf fans – myself included – are scratching our heads a bit because this comes dangerously close to the Golf R’s 292 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. And without all-wheel drive weighing it down, there is the chance the GTI TCR could be quicker than the R on dry pavement.

Then add in the optional adaptive suspension with selectable options and available 19-inch wheels, and you almost have a Golf R clone. I am not too sure what Volkswagen’s plan is here, but we’ll have to wait and see.

Other upgrades included on the Golf GTI TCR include 18-inch “Belvedere” wheels, cross-drilled rotors, exclusive brake calipers and pads, a new front bumper with better air flow, new side skirt extensions, a new rear diffuser, and a “TCR” badge. Inside, the TCR boasts microfiber upholstery, a red contrast highlights, and more.

There is no mention of when this concept will become a reality, but it seems like a near certainty with how VW presented it. Stay tuned.

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