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Thami Masemola
Date published: 11/06/2020
Category: Reviews
Tags: Volkswagen; new Golf GTI TCR; MK7 range; new Golf MK8; GTI TCR; Limited units
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Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR launch

Volkswagen has opened up the order books for the new Golf GTI TCR, the last hurrah in the Mk7 range. Remember, the all-new Golf Mk8 is already on sale in some markets and will be in South Africa this year. So the GTI TCR is a swansong to that model, a “goodbye” car if you will. Orders opened in May for the limited units, which we expect to be snapped up pretty quickly.



Why? Because the GTI brand is almost larger than life here in South Africa. In fact, GTI represents 33% of all Golf units sold, which puts Volkswagen SA on the top 10 list of all Golf GTI markets globally. Yes, we are quite important. Since its launch in 2013, the Golf 7 has sold 40 128 units locally.



Now what is this GTI TCR? Well, it is positioned above the normal GTI, but below the R. Underneath everything it remains a GTI, which means front-wheel-drive. What tears it apart from this lesser sibling are visual upgrades like the front splitter, perforated disk brakes, 19-inch Reifnitz alloy wheels, matt black side mirrors, a roof spoiler, rear diffuser and sill extensions. The car will be sold in only three colours, namely Pure White, Tornado Red and Pure Grey.



Inside, Volkswagen also did some work, including the TCR logo that projects onto the floor once the front doors open. There are Alcantara door inserts, sports seats with GTI TCR detailing, a sports steering wheel, black and red stitching on the floor mats and a new fabric design for the seats. An exclusive offering just for the Golf GTI TCR customers here, will be a unique number that will be placed under the GTI logo at the rear of the car and a personalised ownership certificate.



While the TCR is still a GTI, Volkswagen has ensured that its owners feel even more special by adding some power into the engine. Still the same 2.0-litre TSI turbo, but now with added vuma to the tune of 213kW as well as 380Nm of torque between 1 950 and 5 300rpm. It is paired to a 6-speed DSG transmission and is said to sprint from standstill to 100km/h in 5.6 seconds. Another bonus is the higher top speed, although you would wonder where it could be legally reached. Regardless, it is 264km/h, up from the normal 250km/h.