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Volkswagen unveils track-only 330-hp GTI TCR

by Ronan Glon

The TCR is over 15 inches wider than the regular GTI.

Volkswagen has introduced a GTI-based race car developed to compete in the international TCR championship.

Built on Volkswagen's modular MQB platform, the GTI TCR is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that has been completely rebuilt with input from SEAT Motorsport to churn out 330 horsepower at 6,200 rpm and 302 lb-ft. of torque at 2,500 rpm. The turbo four spins the front wheels via a six-speed sequential gearbox, and it sends the GTI from zero to 62 mph in 5.2 seconds. The suspension is fully adjustable, while bigger brakes on both axles keep the power in check.

Visually, it's impossible to mistake the TCR for a regular, street-legal GTI. It's over 15 inches wider than the hot hatch it's based on thanks to massive fender flares, it rides on model-specific 18-inch wheels, and it's fitted with a huge roof-mounted wing crafted out of carbon fiber. Interior pictures haven't been published, but Volkswagen promises the TCR features a stripped-out cabin with a single bucket seat and a roll cage.

The Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR will make its competition debut on April 1st in Bahrain. On the track, it will race against similarly-modified versions of the Opel Astra, the Subaru WRX STI, the Euro-spec Honda Civic, and the SEAT Leon.

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