The largest VW GTI meeting in the world gets underway on Wednesday 9 May. The location: Reifnitz am Wörthersee. Volkswagen will also present a special highlight to the participants and visitors: the new Golf GTI TCR, which is nearly ready for production.
As a tribute to fans, the 290 PS GTI will be unveiled in a world première at Wörthersee. The future top model in the Golf GTI series, which has sold more than 2.2 million units worldwide, will be launched at the end of the year.
The special edition is the road version of the two-time overall winner of the international TCR race series: the Golf GTI TCR of the same name.
The 2.0-litre turbo engine of the new Golf GTI TCR delivers the 290 PS (213 kW) mentioned above at between 5,000 and 6,800 rpm. The TSI balances its maximum torque of 370 Nm towards the front axle in a speed range of 1,600 rpm to 4,300 rpm. A 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox (DSG) and a front axle differential lock (both standard) are responsible for power transmission and traction.
The maximum speed is 155 mph, but can be increased to 164 mph as stated above by opting to remove the electronic Vmax limiter. This makes the new GTI TCR the fastest Golf and generally the fastest Volkswagen licensed for use on public roads.