213kW front-drive hot hatch coming in limited numbers in 2019

The Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR has been confirmed for the Australian market, scheduled to arrive in local showrooms in the first half of 2019.

Previewed by the TCR concept at this year's Lake Worthersee meet, the most powerful production Golf GTI ever gets an uprated 2.0-litre turbo four with 213kW of power and 370Nm of torque, sent to the front wheels via a seven-speed DSG automatic.

The concept version claimed to deliver peak torque at just 1600rpm, and features a mechanical-locking front differential as standard to help get all that grunt to the tarmac.

Other performance specifications include a limited top speed of 250km/h, though buyers will be able to remove the limiter allowing for a v-max of 264km/h.

Final specifications for the production model – which is still yet to be revealed, though the concept is pretty darn close by the looks of it – will be revealed closer tot launch. Volkswagen Australia has confirmed the TCR will be a "limited release special model" that will be offered as a "highly specified five-door" hatch. Final numbers haven't been confirmed, but we were told "don't think 1000" as a guide.

As a reference, the near-production-ready concept featured 18-inch alloys, upgraded brakes, a more aggressive body kit, revised exhaust tips, unique microfibre trim, 'Flash Red' interior highlights, and a 12 o'clock marker on the steering wheel.

Expect pricing to kick off in the high-$40,000 or low-$50,000 bracket, positioning the GTI TCR a step above the 'standard' GTI Performance but a rung below the now auto-only Golf R.

Stay tuned to CarAdvice for all the latest updates over the coming months. The Golf GTI TCR is scheduled to be revealed in production guise before the end of 2018.

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