There’s a new daddy coming to VW’s range of hot hatches and its name is the Golf GTI TCR.

Unveiled this week at Wörthersee during the largest annual GTI meeting in the world, the 286bhp GTI TCR is the road version of the 345bhp two-time overall winner of the international TCR race series Golf GTI.

Golf GTI TCR front wheels

The turbo engine of the new Golf GTI TCR delivers that power output at between 5,000 and 6,800 rpm, while its maximum torque of 370 Nm is balanced towards the front axle in a speed range of 1,600 rpm – a value that remains consistently high up to 4,300 rpm. A seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox (DSG) and a front axle differential lock (both standard) are tasked with power transmission and excellent traction.

Golf GTI TCR badge

The Golf R – pretty much anyone’s first choice of hot hatch – may be quicker and more powerful, but the GTI TCR’s top speed of 155mph can be upped to 164mph by opting to remove the electronic Vmax limiter.

Golf GTI TCR front side

This makes it the fastest Golf and generally the quickest Volkswagen licensed for use on public roads, which sounds fine by us! Sadly, this GTI TCR is only a prototype but there would be surely be plenty of interest if VW chose to make it a reality.

Golf GTI TCR rear

More than 2.2 million Golf GTIs have been sold since it first emerged in 1976, making it one of the world’s most successful compact sports cars.

What do you think of the Golf GTI TCR? Tell us down there in the comments.

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