VW Golf GTI TCR Spied As Wolfsburg’s Ultimate Front-Drive Hot Hatch
The Volkswagen Golf lineup has blossomed this year to include the spicy trio GTI, GTE and GTD as well as the practical duo Variant and Alltrack. There is more to come on the performance side as 2020 will also see the unveiling of the GTI TCR and the mighty R. The former was spied on this week during the last tests at the Nürburgring where VW brought in several prototypes.
A more track-oriented version of the GTI recipe, the TCR will follow on from the eponymous special edition introduced towards the end of the Golf Mk7’s life cycle. This time around, it’s expected to be a permanent fixture rather than a limited affair, and there’s a good chance it’ll pack more oomph. While its predecessor produced a respectable power of 286 horsepower, the new version was practically confirmed to deliver a power of 296 horsepower.
Even with the additional 10 horsepower bred at Wolfsburg, the MK8-based GTI TCR still won’t be the most powerful front-wheel drive Golf ever. Do you remember the Clubsport S? The ‘Ring’s fastest old FWD production car had an additional 10 hp over the upcoming TCR for a total of 306 hp. We wouldn’t have too much hope for the availability of a manual gearbox, as the previous model only had a seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission.
Beyond the extra power over the regular GTI, the hardcore TCR should feature a stiffer suspension setup for more precise handling, along with improved brakes and different aero. VW could install form-fitting seats and tweak the chassis to get more performance from rival Honda Civic Type R.
Speaking of competitors, the 2021 Golf GTI TCR will also have to wrestle with a new competitor, the BMW 128ti, which premiered this week as a 262 horsepower FWD hot hatch with a limited slip differential and a eight-speed automatic transmission.
The Golf GTI TCR is expected to make its debut in the coming weeks or months, with the flagship R and its output of almost 330 horsepower not far behind. We will remind fans of the long roof that the R variant is back for the Golf Mk8, based on a recent round of spy shots.