Launch report: Volkswagen Golf (Limited Edition) GTi TCR

Final Golf 7 to hit South-African roads with some TCR vrrrrpha!

As the world currently sees itself in a pandemic, most of us are eagerly waiting to take on the roads again. Well, Volkswagen South Africa might just have the perfect solution, but you will have to jump as only a very limited number of these models will be sold in southern Africa.

Announced today, Volkswagen South Africa is making a limited number (less than 300) of the Golf 7 GTi TCR’s available to the market. It will also be the last new model of the Golf 7 range before the 8 will be launched in early 2021.

“…one of the top 10 countries in terms of GTi sales.”

Since its launch in 2013, Volkswagen has sold 40,128 Golf 7 models in South Africa alone. A staggering 33% of these have been GTi’s, making South Africa one of the top 10 countries in terms of GTi sales.

The original GTi was launched in 1980 and in 2012, the first Golf GTi special edition was sold as a 35-year celebration for the sporty brand. Four years later, the Clubsport and Clubsport S came to South Africa, with only 47 units (400 built worldwide) being sold in South Africa.

The Golf 7 GTi TCR is the fourth special / limited edition in this range and will most likely be the most desired.

The 5-door TCR will enter the market as a 2.0 TSi (6-speed DSG) model, carrying 213kW and 380Nm (between 1,950 and 5,300 r/min) worth of power. Although only being front wheel driven, at 5.6 seconds to 100km/h it is (a claimed) 0.8 seconds slower than an AWD Golf 7 R (228kW and 400Nm).

The TCR’s top speed has been increased from 250km/h to 264 km/h.  

Every TCR is fitted as standard with black 19-inch Reifnitz alloy wheels, perforated disk brakes, matte black exterior mirror caps, a front splitter, TCR roof spoiler as well as an iconic rear diffuser, similar to its racing siblings.

Inside, the car features Alcantara door inserts, an Alcantara finished gear lever and Alcantara sport seats. The same sporty look can also be found in the furniture covering as the TCR detailing is mixed with black and red stitching.

The car also has Climatronic air-conditioning and a sporty steering wheel.

The sportive and dynamic chassis design will also include several safety features such as an active info display, parallel park assist and LED headlights.

Customers may choose between panel colours such as Pure white, Tornado Red and Pure Grey.

Above all, the TCR name also carries with it an abundance of motorsport heritages, having taken the TCR international racing title, twice.

In 2016, we were amazed with the two-wheel driven 195kW Clubsport (213kW for 10 seconds in Overboost), well knowing that the two-door Clubsport S managed the fastest Nürburgring Nordschleife time (07:49.21) for a front wheel drive car at that time.

With the TCR said to be the fastest GTi yet, we certainly cannot wait to get our hands on one.

Only a select amount of TCR’s will be sold at regional dealers and we suggest that you pick up the phone as soon as you can, considering that the TCR will be sold at R669,000.

Each model is identified with a unique number placed under the rear GTi logo, accompanying your own personalised ownership certificate. Owners will also get a free TCR cap and keyring.

All models will be sold with a 3-year / 120 000km warranty, 5-year / 90 000km service plan and a 12-year anti-corrosion warranty. 

Our (Afrikaans) Golf GTi Clubsport review:

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