Volkswagen will be wowing a crowd of over 125,000 enthusiasts this week as they pour in to the small Austrian town of Worthersee for its annual Golf GTI meet.
Not for the first time, Volkswagen is teasing its most loyal enthusiasts with an even-faster version of its iconic Golf GTI.
The German brand has revealed a series of sketches for a road-going TCR edition hatch based on the race-ready Golf GTI that competes in the popular World Touring Car Cup. Claiming the title as the fastest GTI in the line-up, it will be unveiled at Worthersee and launch later this year to topple its close rival the Hyundai i30 N.
And Volkswagen Australia, which has been in a battle of words with Hyundai over the tightly contended segment is already eyeing off the pumped-up edition that will eclipse the power and torque output of most rivals.
“Australia is actually the sixth biggest market overall for Golf sales, and we’re even higher up on the list for GTI sales. We’ve got a long history of introducing special GTI models, and would love to introduce the Golf GTI TCR for Australia if it became available for our market,” public relations manager Kurt McGuiness told Drive.
The GTI TCR turns up the wick on the standard 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine to produce 213kW at 5000-6800rpm and 370Nm from 1600-4300rpm through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and unique mechanical front locking differential.
Compared to other front-wheel drive hot hatches that's more than the i30 N’s 202kW/352Nm (with temporary 378kW overboost) and the standard GTI’s 169kW/350Nm, but down on the Honda Civic Type R’s leading 229kW/400Nm.
The Golf GTI TCR will also be the fastest GTI on the road, reaching a Vmax of 264km/h and likely to hit a sub-6.0 second 0-100km/h sprint.
Further changes appear to be a wider track and bodywork that emulates some of the GTI Clubsport S’ styling with more aggressive lower body kit and rear diffuser with dual exhaust outlets.
Volkswagen has confirmed the TCR edition will be available in Europe towards the end of 2018 and the brand’s local arm is keen to bring the more powerful model down under.