The limited-edition of the Golf GTI TCR will be available for order from Volkswagen dealers in South Africa as of May. The Golf GTI TCR is the final swansong of the Golf 7 range which has sold 40 128 units in South Africa since launch in 2013. Of the total Golf sales, 13 230 (33%) of those were of the GTI derivative, which makes South Africa one of the top 10 markets worldwide for the Golf GTI.
The Golf GTI TCR is derived from the racing car of the same name namely the two-time overall winner of the international TCR racing series. The Golf GTI TCR, which will only be available in a five-door version in South Africa, is distinguished by the standard black 19-inch Reifnitz alloy wheels, perforated disk brakes, matte black exterior mirror caps, sill extensions, front splitter, TCR roof spoiler and a diffuser at the rear.
The Golf GTI TCR makes a further strong impression even before the driver settles behind the wheel, as the TCR logo is projected onto the road when the front doors are opened. In the interior, Alcantara (the brand name of a common synthetic textile material) door inserts and the gear lever, premium Alcantara sport seats with GTI TCR detailing with a new fabric design as well as floor mats with black and red stitching, further accentuate the Golf GTI TCR.
Additional interior features include climatronic air-conditioning and red ambient light strips and an exclusive sports steering wheel. The Golf GTI TCR also features standard technology such as Dynamic Chassis Control including driving profile selection, Active Info Display, Parallel Park Assist and LED headlights. The Golf GTI TCR comes with a host of standard features and is the only model in the Volkswagen range in South Africa where the only optional features are the colours. Customers can choose between the following colours namely Pure White, Tornado Red and Pure Grey.
Another exclusive offering just for the Golf GTI TCR customers in South Africa, will be a unique number that will be placed under the GTI logo at the rear of the car and a personalised ownership certificate. The Golf GTI TCR is equipped with a six-speed DSG gearbox and can reach the 100km/h mark after just 5.6 seconds. The standard Vmax increases the maximum speed from 250 to 264km/h. The torque is 380Nm available between 1 950 and 5 300 rpm. The Golf GTI TCR comes standard with a three-year or 120 000km warranty, a five-year or 90 000km Volkswagen Service Plan and a 12-year anti-corrosion warranty. Service interval is every 15 000km.