In the last quarter of 2019 at the Festival of Motoring, South Africans were able to see the showstopping VW Golf swansong — the limited-edition Golf GTi TCR. It was the limited-edition run-out celebration of the Golf 7.5, a final wave goodbye before the introduction of a new Golf 8.
Despite some delays due to the pandemic as well as approvals for the cars owing to a new consumption and emissions test, the new TCR order books are now open. Due for production from the end of June, VWSA expects units to start arriving at the end of July 2020.
Just 300 units have been allocated to South Africa, each with a unique number and exclusive detailing to the car that sets it apart from any other performance Golf. Cosmetic details include a comprehensive use of black components on the exterior including the front splitter, the side door mirrors, roof spoiler, side-sill extensions and the 19-inch Reifnitz alloy wheels. The biggest standout feature of the TCR exterior is the graphic decal treatment on the flanks finished with bold TCR lettering on the bottom edge of the rear doors.
Golf GTI TCR units are available in a selection three dynamic colours: Tornado Red, Pure White and Pure Grey.
Step aboard and you’ll note red-illuminated side sills. This is then carried forward throughout the interior with red strip trim lighting across door panels and facia. The gear selector is finished with red inserts and the seats are upholstered in Alcantara with unique red and black pattern exclusive to TCR. The steering as well as the floor mats also accentuate the colour mix with contrasting red and black colours.
The biggest performance point is the uprated 2.0-litre turbo that has been tuned to deliver peak power of 213kW and 0 – 100km/h in 5.6-seconds. For the TCR, VW has lifted the speed limiter and it will run to a top speed of 264km/h making it the fastest GTI you can buy right now. The brakes are also uprated with Dynamic Chassis Control as standard. The TCR is only made available with the 6-speed DSG transmission.
Other notable standard features include the high-resolution Active Info Display as well as LED headlights and Parallel Parking Assist.
Volkswagen SA has priced the limited-edition Golf at R669 000. That price sits just between the standard GTI and the Golf-R. It is sold with a 3-year/120 000km warranty, 5-year/ 90 000km Service Plan.
The VW TCR then, is the latest and last performance-Golf 7.5 you can buy with the new Golf 8 only due in the first quarter of 2021. If South Africa’s love of GTIs is anything to go by, the TCR’s limited-edition status might just make it a future classic.
Contact your nearest VW dealer to get onto that order list.
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