Last year, VW Motorsport transformed a Mk7 Golf into a stripped out, all-business track machine. Dubbed the Golf TCR concept, the 242kW weapon was said to be a potential customer racing car.

Fast forward to now, and the 2016 Golf GTI TCR has been revealed and is now in preparation for this year’s TCR International Series. The bad news? Only 20 units will be built, with every example already spoken for.


The track-ready machine is 400mm wider than the standard GTI, its angry stance matched up to a bespoke aero package with a massive carbon-fibre wing and front splitter all in the name of downforce.

The inside is exactly what you’d expect from a touring car, screaming brutal functionality. The cockpit features a spider web-esque safety cage and one fixed-back bucket seat and racing harness, all of which are in accordance to the FIA safety rules, of course.


Although the Golf TCR GTI retains its 2.0-litre turbocharged engine, there’s a plethora of performance upgrades. As well as the 243kW it also makes 410Nm of torque, and its backed up by a six-speed sequential transmission, the same ‘box found in the SEAT Leon Cup car.

The first round of the 2016 TCR International Series will kick off on April 1 in Bahrain.

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