Fastest GTI yet previews late-2018 production car

The Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR Concept has been unveiled at the 2018 Worthersee meeting in Austria.

Said to be inspired by the Golf GTI TCR race car, the concept features a new front bumper with a sharper front splitter, a crisper set of side sills, TCR lettering along the sides, a revised exhaust tip design, and a more aggressively-styled diffuser and lower rear spoiler.

Under the bonnet, the TCR's 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine has been tuned to deliver 213kW of power and 370Nm of torque, the latter available from just 1600rpm. Drive is sent to the front wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and a locking differential.

By default the TCR has 18-inch alloy wheels, an upgraded braking package, two radiators, and an electronically limited top speed of 250km/h.

Options include 19-inch rims, a honeycomb applique for the sides, and dynamic chassis control with driver-adjustable shock absorbers. Buyers can also opt to remove the electronic leash, allowing the hot hatch to hit a v-max of 264km/h.

On the inside, the GTI TCR is fitted with a new microfibre trim, illuminated scuff plates, 'Flash Red' highlights and stitching, a 12 o'clock marker on the steering wheel, and seats finished in a mixture of fabric and microfibre.

The production version of the Golf GTI TCR will reportedly debut before the end of 2018.

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