Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR is VW's track-only hot hatch

345bhp Golf comes prepared to do battle in touring car races around the world, priced £79,000 before taxes

Volkswagen has revealed a new track prepared version of its facelifted Mk7 Golf family hatchback. Called the Golf GTI TCR, it’s designed strictly for circuit racing and is aimed at professionals competing in TCR touring car championships around the world. It’s the second version of the GTI TCR, after Volkswagen gave the Golf its circuit racing stripes last year.

• Best hot hatches on sale now

The 2017 version of the TCR focuses on aerodynamic tweaks, though it’s still a wide bodied Golf GTI boasting a huge rear wing, revised front bumper with race spec front splitter and a large rear-diffuser. Despite its humble hot hatch origins, it’s unmistakeably a racing car.

Under the bonnet is a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine, tuned to produce 345bhp. Power is delivered to the wheels via a sequential gearbox with paddle shifters on the steering wheel.

No definitive performance figures have been revealed, as just how fast the car accelerates and its top speed depends on how teams and engineers set it up, though this should be one fast Golf in the right hands.

VW built 20 Golf GTI TCRs last year and expects to prepare 30 for the upcoming TCR season. The new car will be available from £79,000 before taxes.

What do you think of the Golf GTI TCR? Let us know in the comments!

Recommended

Peugeot 308 vs Kia Ceed vs Volkswagen Golf: 2022 group test review
308 vs Ceed vs Golf - three cars tracking front
Car group tests

Peugeot 308 vs Kia Ceed vs Volkswagen Golf: 2022 group test review

Upmarket new Peugeot 308 takes on the Kia Ceed and Volkswagen Golf, the benchmark in the compact hatch class
28 May 2022
Used Volkswagen Golf (Mk8, 2020-date) review
Used Volkswagen Golf Mk8 - front static
Volkswagen Golf

Used Volkswagen Golf (Mk8, 2020-date) review

A full used buyer’s guide on the Volkswagen Golf, covering the Golf Mk8 that has been on sale since 2020
23 May 2022
Best tow cars to buy 2022
Best tow cars - all cars parked on skidpan
Best cars & vans

Best tow cars to buy 2022

There’s more to towing than just hitching up a caravan. Check out these tow car stars to pick what’s right for you
18 May 2022
Volkswagen Golf review
Volkswagen Golf mk8
Volkswagen Golf

Volkswagen Golf review

The Mk8 Golf offers cleaner engines, an updated interior and the latest on-board tech, but it can’t quite reach the top of the class
31 Mar 2022

Most Popular

New Toyota GR86 2022 review
Toyota GR86
Toyota GR86

New Toyota GR86 2022 review

The GT86 has evolved into the GR86, gaining a bigger engine, a stiffer shell and chassis tweaks. Is it now affordable sports car perfection?
26 May 2022
New Smart #1 ride review
Smart #1 - front
Smart

New Smart #1 ride review

We get an early taste of the new all-electric Smart #1 from the passenger seat ahead of it going on sale at the end of this year
27 May 2022
New Ora Funky Cat electric car is out of the bag in Britain from £30k
Ora Cat 01 - front
Electric cars

New Ora Funky Cat electric car is out of the bag in Britain from £30k

The high-spec Ora Funky Cat First Edition lands with plenty of kit, but cheaper versions and long-range model also planned
27 May 2022