Somewhat confusingly, the production car retains the name Golf GTI TCR, the same moniker as the actual race car that provided the inspiration for the idea. That's just about the only similarity, though.
Whereas the racer features massive custom bodywork and is powered by a tuned-up 326-horsepower version of the Golf R's turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, this Golf registers 286 horsepower. Still, anybody who knows the Golf knows that's more than enough to get the little hatch moving. VW claims the GTI TCR, fitted with a seven-speed dual-clutch DSG transmission, can run to 62 mph from a standstill in 5.6 seconds. It has a top speed of 155, but it can be optionally bumped up to 162 at the owner's discretion.
Volkswagen also offers two different options packages. One includes Reifnitz 19-inch rims on 235/35 tires, the upgraded top speed, a rear sport damping system and DCC adaptive chassis control. The other includes Pretoria 19-inch wheels with semi-slick 235/35 sports tires, the higher top speed, the sport damping system, the DCC system and wheel locks. If that's still not enough, Volkswagen makes available a honeycomb body graphic (seen in the photos), carbon fiber mirror caps and a black-painted roof.
There is no mention of pricing or when the car will go on sale, but we have confirmed one thing with Volkswagen: Unfortunately, it will not be available in the U.S.