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Volkswagen Debuts Impressive Road-Friendly Model of TCR Racecar

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Golf GTI TCR Concept red front

Volkswagen’s newest concept car is its fastest GTI yet, pushing the boundaries of its brand with an unparalleled level of performance. Modeled after the track-only TCR racer that competes in the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge, the Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR brings the speed and power of its predecessor to the streets in this new edition.

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With a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine that produces 286 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque, the vehicle’s standard top speed of 155 mph can be increased to 164 mph in a higher trim if you ask for the car’s speed limiter is removed. It has a standard seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and limited-slip differential that sends its power to the front wheels, which is nicely paired with its perforated brake discs mixed with special calipers and pads that effortlessly slow the car down, just like the racer.

This internal power is displayed externally through a new front with a contoured splitter, a rear air diffuser with integrated exhaust outlets, and a honeycomb design on its grilles. The new Golf GTI has standard 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels and newly designed 19-inch wheels as an available option. Marked with the TCR lettering on the sides, the logo is also projected onto the ground when the doors are opened, making sure everyone knows you have the hottest car around.

Revealed at the annual Wörthersee show at the beginning of May, this new compact sports car has many excited to see it hit the roads with its sleek exterior and top speeds. Though it is just a concept car now, Volkswagen is planning on launching it as a production model toward the end of 2018.

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Sources: CarBuzz, Jalopnik, Digital Trends