Many would deem the Mk. VII Golf GTI as a well-rounded, versatile hot hatch. It can seat four, has decent trunk space, and it’s a proper blast behind the wheel. A perfect compromise for the gearhead that needs a car that does it all, but it seems Volkswagen may have something that gives the Golf GTI a little more oomph.
Enter the Golf GTI TCR, a much more performance-oriented version of the Golf GTI that claims a top speed of 250 km/h – way more than a hot hatch should be doing.
Comemmorating the car that won two years in the TCR Racing Series, the Golf GTI TCR translates some of that winning formula onto the street. Pushing 290 PS, this beefy Golf does away with 0-100 km/h in 5.6 seconds. This new Golf distinguishes itself with 18-inch Belvedere Forged wheels, sill extensions, a new front splitter and TCR wing, a new diffuser, as well as black door mirror caps.
On the hardware end, the GTI TCR comes with various handling aids such as a front-axle differential lock, perforated brake discs, driving profile selection, premium front sport seats with a new microfibre/fabric design, seat belts with red edging plus an exclusive sports steering wheel.
If the standard TCR isn’t enough, various option packs are available that bump the hatch up to 19-inch wheels of varying designs. There’s even a sports damping tune and ‘V-Max Upgrade’ that ultimately bumps top speed to 260-km/h.
There’s no telling if this will ever make it to local shores, but perhaps this gives a better idea of what the Mk. VII Golf GTI is truly capable of with proper fettling.