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The 164mph VW Golf GTI TCR Is The Clubsport Successor We've Been Waiting For

VW is prepping a new version of the Golf that will sit between the GTI Performance and R

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The 164mph VW Golf GTI TCR Is The Clubsport Successor We've Been Waiting For - News

There’s a new top dog coming to the Golf GTI range, and it looks extremely promising. It’s called the Golf GTI TCR - riffing off the customer racing car of the same name - and its 2.0-litre inline-four will shove 286bhp to the front wheels only via VW Group’s ‘VAQ’ electronic locking differential.

Sound familiar? That’s because the spec mirrors that of the Golf GTI Clubsport - albeit with the 286bhp output made constantly, and not as part of an overboost feature. The Clubsport was the Golf GTI’s 40th-anniversary special, so we weren’t expecting a successor to arrive before the Mk7 Golf is replaced. Until recent rumours suggested otherwise, however, and now we’re here.

The 164mph VW Golf GTI TCR Is The Clubsport Successor We've Been Waiting For - News

Unlike the Clubsport, the TCR won’t necessarily be held back by a 155mph electronic limiter. If you want, you’ll be able to remove the buffers entirely, giving a 164mph top speed.

The press release only mentions a standard-fit DSG automatic gearbox, and from what VW UK tells us, there probably won’t be a manual. We won’t know for sure until final specs are confirmed, so keep your fingers crossed.

The car will be revealed in full at the huge Worthersee GTI Treffen meet on 9 May, ahead of a launch nearer the end of 2018.