VW set to unveil most powerful GTI in pre-production form

By JAY WONG | 8 May 2018

WOLFSBURG: Volkswagen's new 290PS Golf GTI TCR in pre-production form will be the highlight at the upcoming GTI meeting tomorrow (May 9) at Reifnitz am Wörthersee.

The GTI TCR, that will be officially introduced towards the end of this year, is based on the 350PS Golf GTI TCR touring car.

A seven-speed dual-clutch (DSG) transmission manages the turbocharged engine that produces 290PS from 5,000 to 6,800rpm and 370Nm from 1,600 to 4,300rpm for the front axle with a differential lock as standard.

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Although its century sprint (0-100kph) time has yet to be officially announced, the company assures that it is able to reach an electronically limited top speed of 250kph. Disengaging the limiter will have it increase to 264kph.

This makes the new GTI TCR the fastest Golf and generally the fastest Volkswagen licensed for use on public roads.

Last year, 7,300 cars and roughly 125,000 visitors converged on the town in Austrian for the GTI world and the figures are expected to increase this year.