Finally, Volkswagen Australia is offering a strictly limited run of just 300 limited-edition VW Golf GTI TCR models as a special send-off to the current generation (Mk7.5) Golf GTI. The Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR 2020 specifications and review had been around long before the hot hatchback was introduced. It is packed with loads of features, better dynamics and a more aggressive appearance. It seems that car enthusiasts have waited this car model for so long not only because it is a limited edition but because of its reliable performance.
Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR 2020 Specifications and Review: Pricing Information
The very first thing that people want to know about this sporty hatchback is its price. Sold at $51,490 before on-road prices, the Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR is between the regular GTI ($47,190 plus ORCs) and the hotter, all-wheel Golf R ($55,990 plus ORCs). That puts it up against hot hatches like the Renault Megane RS Cup front-wheel drive ($52,490 plus ORCs) and the Honda Civic Style R ($54,990 plus ORCs).
Most GTIs’ features include an 8.0-inch navigation and mobile mirror infotainment monitor, electric folding mirrors, keyless entry and start, 380-litre boot and LED fog lights. As with most of the premium hatchbacks, ample space is provided to comfortably hold four adult occupants. You can go for a Luxury Package with additional $3900 or a Sound & Design Package at an extra cost of $2300 if you would like to select a leather heated seat and a panoramic sunroof or even a Golf R larger 9.2-inch infotainment package which is really savvy-tech.
The fact that the car is the most powerful GTI development ever made becomes one thing that stands out about the VW Golf. Starting with the same EA888 2.0-litre turbo-oil 4-cylinder engine, the V-dub engineers pumped it to generate 213kW of power, 33kW more than GTI. Can you imagine how powerful is it?
The power of the engines
Even though it is still front-wheel drive, the TCR is a racier than the standard GTI on which it is based, with higher-performance front brakes, similar to the ones in this current model, a special chassis tune, an automatic lock differential and a louder free-flow exhaust. In order to make it different from the others, limited edition TCR variants come in three color options: Pure White, Tornado Red and the most favorite one, Pure Gray.
There are also honeycomb decals on either side and a black-gloss windshield, mirror caps, front splitter, side skirts, roof spoiler and rear diffuser. It runs on larger 19-inch matte black alloy wheels, while LED headlights come with dynamic cornering lights, LED taillights are fitted with dynamic indicators (roll instead of flash) and dark tinted windows complete the exterior package.
There are a few more special bits and pieces thrown into the familiar GTI interior inside the cabin. The perforated leather steering wheel comes with a stitched red leather mark of 12 o’clock, the seats are covered in red and black sports cloth and the Alcantara door trim inserts and the gear lever boot are available.
A 6-speed wet-clutch DSG auto is used instead of a seven-speed dual-clutch unit in the new Golf GTI and Golf R (as well as the GTI TCR in other markets). The ability to test the TCR on both the road and the track helps the driver to get a sense of how all this translates into the real world.
First off all, the 2.0-liter turbo four is a real gem. With a torque developed from 1700rpm all the way to 5800rpm, the engine will be unlikely to fail. It’s got a lot of mid-range pull out of corners when it can get its strength down. It’s still screaming along with great top-end power, too.
You have got to go pretty hard on a public road to make it a lot of trouble away from the racetrack, but there’s no forgetting you’re in the front-drive car, and the GTI TCR is really starting to object when you start overdriving it. Drive it with more patience, and the front tire is going to be your mate. As far as the gearbox is concerned, there is some trademark DSG hesitation about taking off at low speeds, but the gear changes are quick and accurate once you’re on the move through a paddle shifter flap or a wheelbarrow, and the exhaust provides wonderful blips and farts with each downshift. The updated Golf R brakes are also magnificent.
How safe the ride is?
The Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR is considered to be safe enough as there are some safety features added to it. These include automated emergency braking (AEB) with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, lane assistance, blind spot monitoring, park assistance, rear cross-road warning, front and rear parking sensors and a driver fatigue detection system. And just like the usual GTI, they work smoothly for daily basis.
Lane Assist is one of a less intrusive sort, softly directing you to the middle of your lane. Meanwhile Park Assist functions well. The other technology reserved for the limited edition TCR is the electronically controlled mechanical front differential lock, which lets the more powerful Golf GTI spread power equally over the front to avoid inside the wheel spin, along with the customized adaptive frame set-up, which drops it 5mm closer to the tarmac compared to the standard GTI.
Again, despite its racy badge, it’s on the road that the top Golf GTI really stands out and becomes simple, pleasant and rewarding to drive. However, if you’re looking for a sweet, gentle Sunday driver, you might want to look elsewhere because the Golf GTI TCR is more suitable for thrillingly bumpy roads driving. The rough the noisy dual-outlet exhaust will make you enjoy any bumps. Depicted from the Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR 2020 specs and review, that is exactly what the drivers will experience with a super-hot, motorsport-themed hatchback, and the rigid feel is probably just what anyone who’s interested in the most powerful Golf GTI is looking for.
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