The Volkswagen Golf GTI: the world's most successful compact sports car. Nearly 2.3 million of this icon have been produced and sold over seven generations. Since the debut of the original GTI in 1976, the DNA of this Golf model has never changed: compact hatchback body, low weight, agile 4-cylinder, front-wheel drive, crisp suspension, red stripes in the radiator grille and classless, confident design. Still, the Golf GTI was repeatedly refined and perfected from generation to generation. Now, Volkswagen is launching a new evolutionary stage of this cult compact polished like a rough diamond: the Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR, which reaches speeds of up to 260 km/h (optional). The special edition is a motorsport-inspired road version of the racing car of the same name and two-time overall winner of the international TCR race series. The successful touring racing car's genes also make the new GTI top model unmistakeable: Design, power and performance are intrinsic to the pure sports car doctrine. The 2.0 litre turbo engine of the new Golf GTI TCR delivers 213 kW / 290 PS (at 5,400 to 6,400 rpm). This makes it 33 kW/45 PS more powerful than the current Golf GTI Performance. Even at 1,000 rpm - a touch above idle speed - 200 Nm of torque is available in the Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR. The maximum torque of 380 Nm lies between 1,800 and 5,300 rpm - this wide torque plateau ensures equally superior as well as agile drive characteristics.