Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR: 330 HP for the Racing Version of the GTI Clubsport

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Want a Golf GTI for racing? Well, Volkswagen’s Motorsport division has one on sale for you. It is called the Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR and is the racing version of the sporty GTI Clubsport.
The first 20 units developed by Volkswagen’s Motorsport division have already been taken. They can race in the international TCR championship, and customer teams will get them starting March 11, 2016.

The racing version of the Golf GTI Clubsport features a 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline turbocharged engine. The direct injected unit develops 330 HP at 6,200 rpm and a maximum torque of 410 Nm (302 lb-ft) at 2,500 rpm.

Power is delivered to the front wheels through a six-speed sequential gearbox designed specifically for racing applications, and so is its multi-disk sintered clutch. Naturally, the car has a multi-plate mechanical differential to deal with the resources generated by the engine.

Moreover, the racing version of the Volkswagen Golf GTI can go from 0-100 km/h (62 MPH) in approximately 5.2 seconds, while top speed is estimated at 230 km/h (142 MPH), which should be attained quickly given the horsepower and torque figures of the model. This car has a minimum weight of 1,280 kg (2,821 lbs) including the driver, as FIA norms dictate.

As for the suspension system, the GTI TCR comes with an adjustable front McPherson suspension, while the rear Multilink axle can also be adjusted. Both axles have three-stage adjustment available for the anti-roll bars, as well as height, track, and camber.

The steering system is a rack-and-pinion structure, while the braking system has all-round ventilated disc brakes. The ones on the front have a diameter of 362 mm (14.2 inches), while the ones in the rear are slightly smaller, at 310 mm (12.2 inches). The front aluminum brake calipers have a six-piston structure, while the ones on the back have two pistons. Standard alloy wheels have a diameter of 18 inches, and come with Michelin tires.

Volkswagen has not specified the price of the Golf GTI TCR, but its competitors cost around €100,000. According to FIA norms and class restrictions, the principal rivals of the Golf GTI TCR also provide 330 HP, similar weight, and a six-speed sequential racing transmission.
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Sebastian's love for cars began at a young age. Little did he know that a career would emerge from this passion (and that it would not, sadly, involve being a professional racecar driver). In over fourteen years, he got behind the wheel of several hundred vehicles and in the offices of the most important car publications in his homeland.
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