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Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR Performance

Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR Performance

REVIEW

The Golf GTi is one of the most compelling choices in the hot hatch market, but has been somewhat overshadowed by the Golf R and even with the most potent version having only 246bhp it lagged behind rivals a little recently. So for the run-out of the Mark 7.5 Golf, VW has created a more powerful, exciting and track-capable GTi aimed at those who love to blast down back roads or do the occasional trackday – the TCR. Named after the WTCR racing championship in which a Golf competes, in this instance it delves into the VW parts bin once again and creates a bit of a gem. So the engine is now the 286bhp version of the familiar EA888 four cylinder turbocharged unit seen all over the VW Group, with 380Nm of torque all going to the front wheels via the 7spd DSG gearbox. This means a 5.6 second sprint to 62mph, which is rather sprightly. If you choose the Performance package with 19-inch ‘Pretoria’ alloys (as we have here, for you), you also get 20mm lower suspension, lighter wheels, a top speed increase to 162mph and Michelin Cup Sport 2 tyres. This is going to be one seriously fun hot hatch!

Stats

Engine / Cylsi4 Turbo Power286bhp
Displacement2.0ltr Torque380 Nm
Engine PositionFront Top Speed162mph
DrivetrainFWD CO2153 g/km
MPG42.2 mpg Retail Price£37,550
0-62mph5.6secs Cash Alternative£30,000

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