Volkswagen is known to be one of the pioneers of the hot hatchback with the Golf GTI. Not wanting to rest on its laurels, the German automaker has unveiled the Golf GTI TCR. It's a (thinly veiled) concept for now but Volkswagen says the production version is set to roll out later this year.

Like regular Golf GTIs, the TCR uses a turbocharged, four-cylinder 2.0-liter engine. Whereas the standard models produce 220 PS and 350 Nm of torque, this special model makes 290 PS and 370 Nm. It's significantly higher than the base Golf GTI but still slightly less than the GTI Clubsport with its 310 PS output.

VW to challenge Civic Type R with 290 PS Golf GTI TCR

The Golf GTI TCR shifts via a seven-speed dual clutch transmission. Also, it is front-wheel drive only as 4Motion all-wheel drive is reserved for the Golf R. Instead of all-wheel drive, the TCR has a limited-slip differential. Volkswagen has yet to reveal acceleration figures but they do claim a top speed of 264 km/h.

VW to challenge Civic Type R with 290 PS Golf GTI TCR

Volkswagen gave the Golf GTI TCR unique details to differentiate it from lesser models. It gains a new front bumper with larger corner air intakes, complemented by a contoured front splitter. Further aiding in aerodynamics is a side skirt extension which extends to the rear corners of the car. As for the rear, the GTI TCR comes with a diffuser with integrated exhaust tailpipes. TCR lettering above the side skirts is also featured, along with optional GTI-style honeycomb trim for the side of the vehicle.

VW to challenge Civic Type R with 290 PS Golf GTI TCR

On board, the layout and design is similar to standard-spec GTIs but gains unique styling touches to show off its more sporting intentions. The GTI TCR features an updated interpretation of the signature Tartan seats and the seats themselves are trimmed in microfiber. More microfiber trim is seen on the door panels. Volkswagen's Digital Cockpit is standard on the GTI TCR, as well as an upgraded infotainment system.