That's pretty decent for an FWD hatch.

Volkswagen’s latest and greatest hot hatch is called the Golf GTI TCR. It was launched earlier this month when VW started accepting early orders and the German company is now demonstrating its capabilities to international media in Portugal. This is where the video above was filmed detailing the hardcore Golf and giving us a close look at its straight-line performance.

Under the bonnet of this potent hatchback is a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder TSI engine which generates 286 bhp in this application. It is mated exclusively to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and as standard also comes a limited-slip differential.

VW Golf GTI TCR (2019)

This powertrain configuration enables the Golf to accelerate from a standstill to 62 mph in just 5.6 seconds. The top speed is limited at 155 mph as standard, but Volkswagen will be happy to sell you an option that pushes the peak velocity to 162 mph.

The video here includes a few acceleration runs from zero with and without launch control. It turns out the powerful Golf launches 0.1 seconds quicker to 62 mph with the launch control deactivated. It seems that the system is not really necessary when you have just the front wheels driving the vehicle as it results in too much wheel spin.

VW Golf GTI TCR (2019)

One thing we also noticed in this video is the nice exhaust sound of the car despite the fact that it’s equipped with an OPF or a petrol particulate filter which is now a mandatory exhaust filtration component on new petrol-powered cars in Europe.

Already available to order, the Golf GTI TCR has a starting price of €38,950 euros (£34,471 at current exchange rates) in Germany. No word yet on availability for the UK market.

Gallery: VW Golf GTI TCR (2019)