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The VW Golf GTI TCR Is The 330-HP Neck Snapper You're Really Going To Want

Want, but can't have.

To help celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Golf GTI (again), VW has just unveiled something damn special: the Golf GTI TCR. Developed by Volkswagen Motorsport in cooperation with Seat, the Golf GTI TCR is a customer racing car designed to compete in the TCR International Series. Power comes from the familiar 2.0-liter turbo four banger, only this time it’s tuned for a total output of 330 hp and 302 lb-ft of torque.

Power goes to the front wheels via a six-speed sequential racing transmission, complete with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters. 0-62 mph happens in about 5.2 seconds while top speed is clocked at 143 mph. One look at the Golf GTI TCR makes it clear it’s for racing. It features 18-inch racing rims, a chassis that’s roughly 40 cm wider than the production Golf, while a massive carbon fiber rear wing for optimal handling and an aero front splitter are among the mods. Drivers will feel plenty safe thanks to a racing seat with head protectors, racing safety cage, and an FIA-approved safety tank. No other interior details were provided. Downsides? Only 20 units will be built this year and all of them are spoken for.

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