Volkswagen introduced a 290-horsepower version of the hatchback Golf GTI

Volkswagen introduced a 290-horsepower version of the hatchback Golf GTI

Under the hood, a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine offers 286 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque.

Power will remain routed through the front wheels via a 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox (DSG) and locking differential.

"At the moment, the Golf GTI TCR Concept - an athlete derived from racing - is a study", said Jürgen Stackmann, the board member in charge of sales for Volkswagen AG.

If the numbers hold in production, the TCR will become the fastest Golf GTI ever, slightly topping the Clubsport S which maxes out at 162 miles per hour.

While the Golf GTI TCR will be pretty will tricked out, you'll apparently be able to opt for a sport chassis and electronically adjustable dampers with three driver-controlled settings: Comfort, Normal and Sport. Top speed is limited by the factory to 155 miles per hour unless you check a certain special option box that lets the GTI TCR live its best life at 164 mph.

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As a point of reference, the Golf GTI Clubsport, with which the Golf GTI TCR shares its complete driveline, is claimed to weigh 1375kg and boasts a 0-62mph (0-100kph) time of 5.9sec.

For those who need that little bit more, there's an optional package that bumps the top speed up to 264 km/h by doing away with the Vmax limiter, making this Golf the fastest GTI of the current model range.

Visually, the Golf GTI TCR Concept gets a new front bumper, high-shine black applications on the side intakes, modified airflow and a sharply contoured splitter as a front spoiler. The production version will also use Akrapovič titanium system.

The new top Golf GTI model has 18-inch "Belvedere" forged wheels from the Wolfsburg plant as standard. TCR lettering above the side skirts is also featured, along with optional GTI-style honeycomb trim for the side of the vehicle.

Inside, the Golf GTI TCR adopts new microfiber upholstery for the sides of the sport seats, door inserts and gear lever glove. When the doors are opened, the TCR logo is projected on to the ground and the stainless steel rocker trim has a red illuminated element.

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