40 years of VW GTI will see the launch of the Golf GTI TCR

By Product Expert | Posted in VW Golf GTI, VW News on Thursday, March 24th, 2016 at 6:50 pm
40th anniversary VW Golf GTI TCR specs

40th anniversary VW Golf GTI TCR specs

We’ve been anticipating the 2016 Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport, regardless whether it actually comes to America or not, but it’s not the only 40th anniversary edition that will be coming out. Though most of us aren’t on the market for a race car, we have to admit the VW Golf GTI TCR specs are enough to grab our attention and imaginations for upcoming motorsports events.

40th anniversary VW Golf GTI TCR DesignEngine and performance of the 2016 Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR touring car

Say what you will about VW, but drivers behind the wheels of the German-automaker’s vehicles are frequently taking home trophies. This is the case both when it comes to touring and rally races, and we expect this year to be an exciting one with 20 Golf GTI TCRs being delivered to teams this month. There are obviously a few main differences between the GTI Clubsport and the GTI TCR, with the former built for the road and the latter highly modified for racing.

[First Look: VW Golf GTI TCR Testing and Images]

This year is the 40th anniversary for the GTI, so naturally we’re seeing some impressive specs for the TCR. It is built on the MQB platform just as the standard Golf is, but has a 2.0-liter turbo four that is the same engine featured in the Golf R, but delivers 330 horsepower and 302 pound-feet of torque. The model was first tested on track at the Bull Ring in Austria it won the second race.
VW Golf GTI TCR Rear Wing

Styling of the Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR

The prettiest cars aren’t always the ones that win, but they still catch the eye no matter where they place. Design elements of the Golf GTI TCR include 18-inch racing rims, a 40-centimeter width increase over the standard Golf and a bold rear wing. A front splitter and carbon rear ring add aerodynamics to the model to increase performance, and naturally safety features for the driver including a racing seat with head protectors, safety cage and a safety fuel tank.

We already predict it will be a great year for VW Motorsports. Stay tuned here at the Napleton Volkswagen Springfield Blog for updates on all things VW.