Local arm dishes initial details for limited-run front-drive performance flagship, which is the most powerful production GTI to date.
Volkswagen Australia has confirmed some initial details for the upcoming Golf GTI TCR, including its scheduled arrival in October.
Just 300 units will be headed Down Under, which is the "biggest allocation internationally", according to Volkswagen's local communications boss, Paul Pottinger.
Final pricing "will be announced shortly", as will specification. We're told the TCR will be 'fully equipped' and only offered locally as a five-door proposition – a three-door version is offered abroad.
"The 300 TCR editions that have been secured for Australian sale represents the biggest allocation internationally, which says something for Australia’s enduring relationship with the GTI," Pottinger told CarAdvice.
"Pricing will be exceptionally sharp, as befitting the last shout for Mark 7/7.5 GTI, the compact performance car that, along with the Golf R, remains the choice for grown-ups."
First revealed in January, the Golf GTI TCR is essentially a front-wheel drive version of the R flagship, right down to its 213kW/380Nm 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine.
Peak torque is available between 1800 and 5300rpm, with maximum power coming in from 5400rpm to 6400rpm.
Drive is sent to the front wheels through a seven-speed DSG and a locking differential. The TCR features two extra water radiators up front to provide appropriate cooling to the beefed-up engine, the same as the all-paw Golf R.
Volkswagen claims the GTI TCR will dash from 0-100 in just 5.6 seconds, making it one of the quickest-accelerating front-drive hatchbacks money can buy, on its way to an electronically-limited top speed of 250km/h. It's worth noting there's an option overseas to derestrict the v-max to 260km/h.
Model-specific appointments in Europe include a specially tuned stainless steel exhaust system, microfibre/textile combination upholstery with unique design, optional contrasting roof and mirror caps (depending on body colour chosen), a perforated leather steering wheel with red 12 o'clock marker, and the option of Pure Grey exterior paint.
In Europe the GTI TCR comes with 18-inch 'Belvedere' forged alloys as standard. As an option, buyers can choose from 19-inch 'Pretoria' or 'Reifnitz' designs, both in black, which also upgrades the brake package with perforated discs with special brake pads.
Two option packs are available overseas, the first including the aforementioned Reifnitz alloys, the removal of the top speed limiter, and adaptive Dynamic Chassis Control (5mm lower ride height and adaptive dampers).
The second option pack brings the lighter 'Pretoria' alloys wrapped in track focused semi-slick 235/35 R19 tyres, de-restricted top speed, a sportier version of the adaptive rear shockers, and additional anti-theft wheel locks.
Stay tuned to CarAdvice for a full pricing and specifications breakdown in the coming months, and click on the images for the full gallery (European models shown).