The New Golf (2017 - Mk 7.5)

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Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR 2019 review

Should I buy one?

Maybe. We'd be able to answer that in more emphatic fashion, however, if the suppleness and road-suitability that the GTI TCR has clearly surrendered had been traded for a more tactile, engaging, playful and vigorous dynamic character. That might have made the GTI TCR a fine alternative for a Renault Megane RS 280 or a Honda Civic Type R, and a worthy follow-up act for the Clubsport S.

But, while good, it’s not quite made it that far. Instead, and unlike its extra-special predecessor, the GTI TCR doesn't so easily escape the bounds of the ordinary.

This is a hugely capable and complete hot hatchback, which will inevitably be judged by a very high standard. However unrealistic that standard is, however, it's a problem of Volkswagen's own making. The GTI TCR amounts to no more or less than the precise sum of its parts. As parts go, they’re an awfully long way from shabby – but the plain truth is, those mkVII GTI parts haven't quite come together here to make something as spectacular as they have in recent memory.

Volswagen Golf GTI TCR specification

Where Portimao, Portugal Price circa-£34,000 (tbc) On sale February Engine 4cyls in line, 1984cc, turbocharged petrol Power 286bhp at 5400-6400rpm Torque 280lb ft at 1950-5300rpm Gearbox 7-spd twin-clutch automatic Kerb weight 1410kg Top speed 155mph (limited) 0-62mph 5.6sec Fuel economy 42.2mpg (NEDC Correlated) CO2, tax band 175g/km (WLTP Combined) Rivals Honda Civic Type R, Renault Megane RS 280

https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-review/volkswagen/golf-gti-tcr/first-drives/volkswagen-golf-gti-tcr-2019-review

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New VW Golf GTI TCR Unleashed

GTI fans will be licking their chops to drive the latest, and probably the last, Golf GTI derivative to come from the popular 7th-generation Golf. This is the Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR!
The eighth-generation Volkswagen Golf is on the way and an official reveal is expected to take place later in 2019. Nonetheless, Volkswagen recently revealed its latest addition to the Golf GTI family, the GTI TCR.

The Golf GTI TCR shares its name with the TCR series racing car but this road-going TCR version develops no less than 213 kW and 370 Nm of torque from its turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine which is mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. Zero to 100 kph is claimed at 5.6 seconds while top speed is 260 kph (optional).

In terms of outputs, the GTI TCR slots in below the limited edition GTI Clubsport S which offers 228 kW and 380 Nm but with a zero to 100 kph time of 5.8 seconds (top speed 260 kph), the GTI TCR is marginally quicker.

The Golf GTI TCR rides on 18-inch Belvedere forged alloy wheels as standard and is equipped with a front-axle differential lock and perforated disc brakes.

Exterior features include LED headlights, black exterior mirror housings, sill extensions, front splitter, a TCR roof spoiler and a rear diffuser. Additional styling options include a carbon mirror housings, black painted roof, honeycomb decor side panel foils and 19-inch wheels.

The interior features sports seats with a new microfibre fabric design, a perforated sports steering wheel and seat belts with red edging.

Is the VW Golf GTI TCR coming to SA?

Sadly the answer is, no. A local Volkswagen South Africa spokesperson has confirmed that there are currently no plans to introduce the Golf GTI TCR in South Africa. Let’s hope that plan changes…

https://www.cars.co.za/motoring_news/new-vw-golf-gti-tcr-unleashed/46012/

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New VW Golf GTI TCR: 0-100 km/h dash and exhaust sound

Earlier in January 2019, Volkswagen revealed its new Golf GTI TCR (before dropping fresh images and details a couple of days later). And now the folks from Automann-TV have published footage on YouTube showing the front-wheel-drive hot hatch launching off the line (and giving us our first listen to the exhaust note).

The clip was filmed in Portugal at the international launch of the new GTI TCR, with the latter set to effectively serve as the swansong to the seventh-generation Golf (production of the eighth-generation Golf is expected to start towards the middle of 2019).

The first video below provides us with a closer look at the newcomer, while also showing a handful of zero to 100 km/h runs. Interestingly, on the day, the GTI TCR was faster to three figures without use of the launch control system (in 5,5 seconds) than it was with it engaged (taking 5,6 seconds and matching VW’s claim).

And the second clip? Well, that gives us an idea of the GTI TCR’s exhaust note, which doesn’t seem to have been negatively impacted by the required fitment of a petrol particulate filter.

As a reminder, the turbocharged 2,0-litre four-cylinder produces 213 kW from 5 400 to 6 400 r/min, while 380 N.m is on offer between 1 800 and 5 300 r/min. Power is directed to the front wheels via a seven-speed DSG as standard. While the top speed is listed as 250 km/h, the limiter can be optionally removed, raising the figure to 260 km/h.

VW SA earlier told CARmag.co.za “there are currently no confirmed plans to introduce the GTI TCR in the local market”, although considering just how popular the standard GTI is here (and the fact SA received 47 of the global production run of 400 units of the Clubsport S), we wouldn’t be surprised if it turned up at some point in 2019…

https://www.carmag.co.za/news/new-vw-golf-gti-tcr-0-100-km-h-dash-and-exhaust-sound/


 

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New VW Golf GTI TCR Unleashed

GTI fans will be licking their chops to drive the latest, and probably the last, Golf GTI derivative to come from the popular 7th-generation Golf. This is the Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR!

The Golf GTI TCR rides on 18-inch Belvedere forged alloy wheels as standard and is equipped with a front-axle differential lock and perforated disc brakes.

Exterior features include LED headlights, black exterior mirror housings, sill extensions, front splitter, a TCR roof spoiler and a rear diffuser. Additional styling options include a carbon mirror housings, black painted roof, honeycomb decor side panel foils and 19-inch wheels.

The interior features sports seats with a new microfibre fabric design, a perforated sports steering wheel and seat belts with red edging.

Is the VW Golf GTI TCR coming to SA?

Sadly the answer is, no. A local Volkswagen South Africa spokesperson has confirmed that there are currently no plans to introduce the Golf GTI TCR in South Africa. Let’s hope that plan changes…

The eighth-generation Volkswagen Golf is on the way and an official reveal is expected to take place much later in 2019. Nonetheless, Volkswagen recently revealed its latest addition to the Golf GTI family, the GTI TCR.

The Golf GTI TCR shares its name with the TCR series racing car but this road-going TCR version develops no less than 213 kW and 370 Nm of torque from its turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine which is mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. Zero to 100 kph is claimed at 5.6 seconds while top speed is 260 kph (optional).

In terms of outputs, the GTI TCR slots in below the limited edition GTI Clubsport S which offers 228 kW and 380 Nm but with a zero to 100 kph time of 5.8 seconds (top speed 260 kph), the GTI TCR is marginally quicker.

https://www.cars.co.za/motoring_news/new-vw-golf-gti-tcr-unleashed/46012/
 

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We will get the Golf TCR. VW would be mad not to sell it in SA. SA is a top destination for limited edition cars. We are car crazy.
 

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Obviously. CAR is the local VAG mag.

Actually come to think of it, do they still make Via mag? We got a 3 year free subscription last time we bought a VW.
 

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Obviously. CAR is the local VAG mag.

Actually come to think of it, do they still make Via mag? We got a 3 year free subscription last time we bought a VW.
The only thing I get from VW after buying my Golf is my monthly VWFS statements :unsure:
 

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The only thing I get from VW after buying my Golf is my monthly VWFS statements :unsure:
Guess they don't love customers like they used to. We got 3 years of their quarterly Via magazine after buying a 2.1 Microbus in '89. They also sent x-mas cards for a few years.
 

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The Volkswagen Golf has just turned 45 years old

Yes, it’s been 45 years since the very first Volkswagen Golf rolled off the production line in Wolfsburg. On 29 March 1974, VW’s plant officially started production of the successor to the Beetle.

Since then, more than 35 million units have been sold around the world, with the eighth-generation model set to be unveiled towards the end of 2019.

Back then, the Golf was offered in two- and four-door guise, featuring a 300-litre luggage compartment and a foldable rear bench. Engine options included a 37 kW 1,1-litre four-cylinder petrol unit and a 51 kW 1,5-litre four-cylinder petrol powerplant. Drive was sent to the front wheels via either a four-speed manual gearbox or an optional three-speed automatic transmission.

VW says “in purely mathematical terms”, a new Golf has been ordered somewhere in the world every 41 seconds, every day, without interruption, since the start of production 45 years ago. That’s an average of around 780 000 vehicles a year.

https://www.carmag.co.za/news/the-volkswagen-golf-has-just-turned-45-years-old/

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Meet the Volkswagen Group's New Engine for SA

The Volkswagen Group has a new engine for South Africa. Codenamed EA211, the engine has been confirmed for South African market introduction. Here's what you need to know about it.

The Volkswagen Group has an array of engines at its disposal. Many of these have made it to South Africa, but one engine which we encountered by chance back in 2017 on the international Volkswagen Golf 7.5 media event was the 1.5-litre 4-cylinder turbopetrol.

This engine is called the 1.5 TSI Evo. This turbocharged petrol engine boasts outputs of 110 kW and 250 Nm, with maximum torque coming in at 1 300 rpm. There's a strong focus on emissions and economy, as it works on the Miller combustion cycle and features variable geometry turbocharging. Interestingly, it's 22 kg lighter than the 1.4 twin-charged motor which it replaces. To further save fuel, Volkswagen gave this engine cylinder deactivation. The 2nd and 3rd cylinders can be shut down during what Volkswagen calls low and medium load states. Volkswagen claims a reduction in fuel consumption by as much as 0.4 L/100km on the European driving cycle.

South African applications

When we first drove this unit, we were told by Volkswagen that SA petrol quality wasn't up to scratch. Fast-forward to 2019 and we have confirmation that this engine will be coming to South Africa, but it won't be Volkswagen SA who will introduce it. Instead, Audi South Africa confirmed at an international driving event that the 1.5-litre motor will be available in the soon-to-be-launched compact Audi A1. Expect this engine to make an appearance in the next-gen Audi A3 too, which is due for an international reveal towards the end of 2019.

https://www.cars.co.za/motoring_news/meet-the-volkswagen-groups-new-engine-for-sa/46476/
 

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Hope it makes its way into other VW products. A few of their cars seem to have gaping gap between engine choices.
Unless I misread the article, only Audi in SA is getting the engine at the moment.
 
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