Volkswagen releases pricing and launch details of the Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR – the ultimate GTI collectable to knock the Clubsport S off its pedestal in Mzansi
Every year the VeeDub faithful descend on Worthersee in Austria in a Mecca-like pilgrimage of paunchy blokes looking at Golfs in a field; a big no-no in the Covid-19 world of 2020, of course. If it weren’t for the corona virus, the next installment of Worthersee would have happened next month. Meeting or no, Volkswagen long ago cottoned onto the marketability of this event (they’ve been meeting for 37 years), and produced bespoke concepts and real-life production Golfs every year for it; to a rapturous response of die-hard fans. As long ago as 2018 the Wolfsburg firm revealed the fastest road-going Golf GTI ever there – the GTI TCR. That’s TCR as in, Touring Car Racing series in which Volkswagen competes.
Two-years on and Volkswagen South Africa has finally brought the limited edition vrrr-pah machine to Mzansi. Although it’s named after the racing series, we’re relieved to report it’s not some stripped-out track-only machine. Instead, the GTI TCR is a sort Clubsport S taken to the next level. So, we’re talking about 213 kW/380 Nm, slick-shifting six-speed DSG gearbox, mechanical limited-slip differential up front and 20mm lower ride height, a 265 km/h top speed and a 0-100 km/h sprint time of 5.6 sec. Lovely!
Available to order at Volkswagen dealers from May 2020, the Golf GTI TCR will set you back R669 000, the Golf GTI TCR is the final swansong of the popular Golf 7 range which has sold 40 128 units in SA since launch in 2013. Of the total Golf sales, 13 230 (33%) of those were the GTI derivative, which makes South Africa one of the top 10 markets worldwide for Golf GTI.
The derivative sold in South Africa will be the five-door only (not the two door pictured, sadly), with black 19-inch Reifnitz alloy wheels, matte black exterior mirror caps, sill extensions and TCR front splitter, roof spoiler and diffuser. Inside there’s premium Alcantara sport seats with GTI TCR detailing as well as floor mats with black and red stitching, and a sports steering wheel. Each car comes with a unique number that will be placed under the GTI logo at the rear of the car and a personalised ownership certificate.
Standard on the Golf GTI TCR is Dynamic Chassis Control, Active Info Display and LED headlights. The only options are the colours: Pure White, Tornado Red or Pure Grey. Which would you go for?
Engine: 1984 cc, 4-cylinder turbo petrol
Power: 213 kW @ 5500 rpm, 380 Nm @ 2000 rpm
Performance: 0-100 km/h in 5.6 sec, top speed 265 km/h
Economy (estimated): 8.0 l/100 km
Transmission: 6-speed dual-clutch auto, front-wheel drive
CO2 emissions: 160 g/km
Price: R669 000