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Volkswagen takes orders on race-inspired GTI

285-hp Golf GTI TCR is named after Volkswagen’s touring car series racecar

Published: January 20, 2019, 9:30 PM
Updated: January 24, 2019, 5:47 AM

2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR

You know those performance hatchbacks we don’t get in North America? (or we get them a couple years later?) Well, here’s another one to add to the list — the Golf GTI TCR.

2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR

Named after the marque’s touring car series racecar (and 2-time winner of the international TCR series), the Golf GTI TCR features a 285-hp version of the 2.0-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder (GTI makes a max of 227 hp, though Golf R pushes it to 296), with the ability to pull the car to 100 km/h in just 5.6 seconds and a top speed of 250 km/h (260, with an optional Vmax package), with the help of the standard 7-speed dual clutch automatic.

It rides on 18-inch Belvedere forged wheels (optioned up to 18-inch Milton Keynes alloy versions or a host of 19-inch alloy wheels, with the Vmax package), and its exterior looks are further defined by black mirror caps, lower side body cladding, front splitter, high roof spoiler and rear diffuser.

2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR

Options include honeycomb patterning on the sides, carbon-fibre mirror caps and a black roof.

Among its special equipment is a front-axle differential lock, drilled brake discs, driving mode selector, premium front sport seats with microfibre fabric and an exclusive leather sport steering wheel.

The order desk is now open, with a starting price (in Germany) of €38,950 (roughly $59,000 Canadian).

2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR

Now, one of the reasons why the car isn’t available to North America might be because the current generation Golf, on which it’s based, is running out, with a new longer and wider Golf due next year, with expected performance boosts for the GTI and R models.