Forty years after the launch of the original GTI, Volkswagen is introducing the new, track-focused Golf GTI TCR. Equipped with a turbocharged 2.0L 4-cylinder TFSI engine that produces 325 horsepower, it sprints from 0-100 km/h in just 5.2 seconds and reaches a top speed of 230 km/h.
Said engine is the same as the one in the Golf R, only with a few tweaks.
The race track is not the only place the Golf GTI is celebrating its 40th birthday, mind you. To mark the anniversary, Volkswagen is launching the most powerful production GTI ever: the Golf GTI Clubsport. You may remember this model from the 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show. It will join the 25th, 30th, and 35th anniversary editions.
The VW Golf GTI Clubsport houses a 2.0L TFSI engine that generates 261 horsepower. A boost function allows the driver to briefly increase output to 286 horsepower.