Volkswagen Australia has voiced its interest in a Golf GTI variant to sit atop the local line-up, in the lead-up to the reveal of the GTI TCR at Lake Worthersee on May 9.
In Australia, around one in four (25 per cent) Golf sales are either GTI or R models, meaning a quarter of Golf customers are spending between $40,000 and $60,000 on their German small car.
Volkswagen's local division has already introduced several special-edition models to meet increasing demand, including the three-door entry-level GTI Original, the stripped-back Golf R Grid, along with the top-spec GTI Performance Edition 1 and Golf R Wolfsburg.
The Golf GTI TCR, meanwhile, essentially brings the hotter Golf R's high-output engine tune to a front-wheel drivetrain.
Drive continues to be sent to the front wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic – likely the same wet-clutch unit seen in the GTI Performance and R – along with a model-specific mechanical locking front differential.
A 0-100km/h time hasn't been quoted yet, but Volkswagen claims the GTI TCR will hit 264km/h with its limiter removed – otherwise it'll spin to 250km/h out of the factory.
Stay tuned to CarAdvice for our coverage of the Golf GTI TCR's reveal at Worthersee on May 9.