VW Golf GTI TCR orders open


There wasn't a lot more to find out about the Golf GTI TCR; we knew what it looked like, what it drove like and even how it compared to its distantly related race car cousin. What did remain unknown, though, was how much it would cost a UK buyer.

Well, now we know that too: £34,135, or a little more than £3k over the £31,100 Golf GTI Performance with three doors and an automatic gearbox. As a quick reminder, the TCR gets upgraded brakes, TCR seats and a bodykit (amongst other things) to distinguish it from the Performance, in addition to an extra 45hp.


UK buyers will also be offered a £2,000 option pack, which removes the speed limiter - meaning 164mph is possible - adds 19-inch wheels to replace the standard 18s and equips the TCR with VW's DCC adaptive dampers, dropping the car 20mm in the process. Expect a good chunk of customers to plump for it; after all, when do you ever see even a regular GTI for sale without the DCC? The 'Pure Grey' TCR signature colour costs an extra £580; if you want to combine that with a black roof, the total additional cost will be £1,130. Leather is £1,750, the 'TCR' honeycomb decals are £550 and a sunroof is £995.

It's easy to imagine most TCRs being at least £35k cars then, and that pitches them against all sorts of tempting rivals. Will Golf GTI enthusiasts be remotely bothered by those? Possibly not. But it's worth pointing out that a Megane Trophy with the dual-clutch gearbox is £33,510, a Mercedes A35 starts at £35,580 and the Civic Type R, albeit with a manual gearbox only, is £33,525 in GT form. The old GTI Clubsport S could be mentioned here as well, but that's rather been done to death recently. Chiefly by us. Point being if you're after a racy hatchback at the moment, there are plenty to choose from!




 

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  • BeillyNoy 22 Feb 2019

    I'll have a CTR over the TCR, thank you very much.
    Go big or go home.

    :-)

  • kmpowell 22 Feb 2019

    Matt Bird said:
    after all, when do you ever see even a regular GTI for sale without the DCC?
    Matt, one assumes that was said with tongue in cheek? If not then you really need to do your research before writing.

    DCC is one of the rarest options out there. When I first started looking for a GTI in April/May last year there were a few used ones around to choose from, but nothing with DCC. Due to this I placed an order for a brand new one at the start of the summer thinking I would continue to look for used in-case something came up. The WLTP delays on my order started and when I eventually cancelled my order mid way through the summer I threw myself into the used market significantly all the way through to December (when my order actually surprisingly turned up one night at the dealer.). If you want a used one with DCC then from my experience unless you are VERY lucky you don't stand a cat in hells chance finding the car you 'want'... that is unless you are open to making a serious compromise on spec/colour. In my time searching I could count on one hand the number of DCC equipped GTI's that came up on the used car locator, but even when they did they were ex-demos or not close spec wise to what I wanted.

    People think nothing about spending £900 on the bigger 19" wheels but don't want to spend the same kind of money on DCC which improves the car in every situation. IMO DCC totally transforms the car's comfort and sporting abilities, it gives you a proper jekyll & hyde weapon.

  • Vocht 22 Feb 2019

    Considering you can now get a brand new R for £27,990 before any further haggling you'd have to be mad to pay list for one of these. Even a near new Clubsport S ( a proper special edition) with 1,400 on the clock is less than this TCR.

  • bones33 22 Feb 2019

    ah but purists might say an R is not a GTI :P

    Personal as a GTI owner I would have spent the extra to get this and I do love those seats.

  • Stu-nph26 22 Feb 2019

    Vocht said:
    Considering you can now get a brand new R for £27,990 before any further haggling you'd have to be mad to pay list for one of these. Even a near new Clubsport S ( a proper special edition) with 1,400 on the clock is less than this TCR.
    A golf R under 28k is tempting indeed who is offering that, please?

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