Why we should make the most of this 'different' sort of Golf GTi
This muscular 286bhp TCR Concept version of the seventh-generation Golf GTi, revealed at the annual Wörthersee fan meet in Austria recently, will be made later this year.
TCR stands for Touring Car Racing, and the performance hatchback highlights Volkswagen's participation in the championship.
The concept front-wheel drive GTi TCR may not be produced for too long given that we can't be too far off an eighth-generation Golf, which, according to reports, is due next year. And that makes the TCR all the more special, I suppose.
It is expected to power on with the same turbocharged 2-litre 4cyl petrol engine used by the earlier Golf GTi Clubsport.
You can choose between four driving modes: Eco, Normal, Sport and Individual (specific tuning of steering, engine mapping and gearbox software).
There is a 20mm reduction in ride height, standard 19in wheels and upgraded larger disc brakes.
Of course, there are styling changes to make it look a bit different from the standard GTi (front bumper, sharper front splitter, wider sills under the doors and a full-width rear diffuser).
Sounds like it could be a lot of fun.