Race-inspired Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR gets 286bhp

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With an all-new Mk8 Golf on the horizon, the gap left to produce a follow-up to one of our favourite ever hot hatchbacks is quickly closing, making it even more imperative that the new GTI TCR doesn't disappoint as the Mk7 Golf's final hurrah.

The model will be fully revealed at Volkswagen's famous annual GTI meet at Worthersee on Thursday 10 May, ahead of going on sale at the end of the year. To be called the Golf GTI TCR, the vehicle will be showcased as a near-production prototype, and will be production-ready by autumn 2018. Power is delivered via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and a standard limited-slip differential.

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The next-generation VW Golf GTI is set to adopt a mild hybrid powertrain that promises to boost performance and refinement while reducing fuel consumption and emissions compared with the current model. In standard spec, top speed will be limited to 155 miles per hour, but this can be increased to 164 miles per hour if you ask VW to remove the electronic Vmax limiter.

The TCR gets 286bhp, more power than the GTI Performance which has 242bhp and less than the Golf R which has 306bhp.

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A new 286bhp version of the GTI will be revealed in Austria very soon.

. The latter are bespoke to the TCR and only available in a gloss black finish. Based on the GTI that races in the TCR series, this GTI TCR sticks with its 2.0-liter turbocharged I4, but output jumps to 286 hp.

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