The most potent Volkswagen Golf GTI ever is inching closer to production. Seen here pounding the Nurburgring test track in Germany, the next-generation Golf GTI TCR had not a shred of camouflage on, suggesting this is the pre-production model.
The Golf GTI TCR is the road-going version of the World Touring Car Cup (WTCR), first introduced in 2017 as a limited edition model based on the Mk7 Golf GTI. The second-generation Mk8 Golf GTI TCR will up the ante with a new 2.0-litre 4-cylinder TSI turbo engine that is expected to churn out around 223kW (300hp).
With a lowered ride height, the Golf GTI TCR can be seen equipped with a more aggressive front bumper, lower profile tyres, larger front brakes with cross drill brake discs, larger diameter titanium dual exhaust pipe. Also noticeable is the larger intercooler for extra cooling and chunkier roof spoiler for added downforce at the rear .
The 2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR is expected to debut later this year.