GTI fans are in for a treat—a near-production-ready Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR made its debut at Reifnitz am Wörthersee in Austria this week.
The special edition is the street version of the TCR race series Golf GTI. Under the hood, a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine offers 286 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. It’s mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
VW claims a top speed of 164 mph—but the car is currently limited to 155 mph. Since its debut in the mid-seventies the marque has moved more than 2.2 million GTIs.
The Golf GTI TCR Racing Car was revealed in 2016 and only 20 were built. The hot hatchback packed 326 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque from its 2.0-liter inline four. It has a 0-62 mph time of 5.2 seconds and a top speed of 143 mph.
From the sketches and photos provided by VW, the four-door special edition GTI TCR shares similar traits borrowed from the race car minus the deep hood scoop and big ass rear wing.
It joined several thousand GTI fanatics at this year’s tuner gathering in Wörthersee that continues through May 12.
Volkswagen says the Golf GTI TCR will launch in Europe this winter.