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2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR confirmed for Australia

By Chris Thompson, 20 Jun 2018 News

2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR confirmed for Australia

VW’s 213kW GTI to show up in limited numbers with new Golf performance line-up

The recently announced 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR is coming to Australia.

In a product briefing in Sydney, Volkswagen Australia confirmed the new model line-up for 2019, including a shuffled range of performance Golfs – and the high-performance GTI TCR.

Due to arrive as a ‘limited release special model’ in early-to-mid-2019, the 213kW/370Nm front-driver will be available here as per VW’s local arm telling MOTOR last month it would “do all we can to get our hands on it.”

Available only with a 7-speed DSG hooked up to its 2.0-litre four pot, the GTI TCR is capable of hitting a top speed of 264km/h when optioned with a sports pack that also adds a sports chassis tuned for harder driving, and adaptive chassis control. Its limited top speed is 250km/h.

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The TCR is also, of course, fitted with a locking differential between the front wheels to handle the power it puts out.

The ‘highly specified’ TCR is also only available with five doors. The ‘TCR’ badge comes from Volkswagen’s involvement with the World TCR racing series, which sees front-drivers compete for touring car supremacy using specifications relatively close to the road-going models.

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Microfibre and cloth is found throughout the interior, with patterns and designs are seemingly inspired by the GTI’s iconic tartan trim, without actually using it.

VW Australia also re-iterated the GTI and R for 2019 would be available in 7-speed DSG-spec only, with manual not likely to make a re-appearance unless a limited edition model is created.

The standard 2019 Golf GTI will feature the primary specifications of the recent GTI Performance Edition 1 at 180kW and 370Nm, though exact spec for the Golf R is not yet known.