To transport the GTI genes to the racetrack, Volkswagen Motorsport developed the Golf GTI TCR at its headquarters in Hannover in 2015. During the test and development, Volkswagen worked closely with the racing department at Seat, in order to leverage synergies in assembly and to call on the wealth of experience gained with the Seat Leon Cup Racer. As with the Volkswagen Group’s production cars, the MQB platform also provides many synergies for racing cars, thus reducing the cost of assembling and running the TCR touring car – one of the defining goals during development.

Under the bonnet, the Golf GTI TCR houses the familiar two-¬litre turbo engine with direct fuel injection from the Golf GTI, the latest racing version of which can generate up to 350 hp (257 kW) and boasts about 420 Nm of torque. Visually, the Golf GTI TCR differs through its 18-inch rims and a chassis that is roughly 15 centimetres wider than the production golf. An adjustable, aluminium rear wing – standard for all TCR cars – ensures optimal handling. The modifications for the racetrack also include an aerodynamic front splitter. Among the features guaranteeing the driver maximum safety are racing seats with head protectors, a racing safety cell, and an FIA-approved safety tank.



Type Valves per cylinder
Four-cylinder in-line engine 4
Race power Max torque
257 kW / 350 hp 420 Nm
Displacement Fuel Tank Capacity
1,984 cc 102 l

Transmission & suspension

Transmission Suspension
Front wheel drive, Sequential Sequential, six-gear racing transmission (optional DSG gearbox), gearshift paddles Front: McPherson, 
Rear: Multi-link axle


Front Rear
25-66/18 25-66/18


Structure Body
Reinforced production Steel
Length Width
4,378 mm 1,950 mm
Height Weight
1,368 mm 1,285 kg