After spies recently caught the 2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR in photos, the hot model's development has now been caught on video at the Nürburgring. In terms of the model hierarchy, it offers more performance ability than the GTI but not quite as much muscle as the Golf R.
VW gives the TCR some slightly different exterior pieces that the standard GTI. The front fascia gains curved sections on the lower corners. It has drilled brake calipers, and the calipers appear to be a little larger than the GTI. The roof spoiler is bigger, and there's a different piece of trim between the exhaust outlets.
Gallery: VW Golf GTI TCR spy video
Like the GTI, the TCR uses a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder, but this retuned engine reportedly makes 296 bhp (221 kilowatts), instead of its lesser sibling's 242 bhp (180 kW). The seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox driving the front wheels would definitely be available. There's at least the possibility of being able to choose the six-speed manual, too.
If these numbers aren't enough for you, then the Golf R would reportedly use a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder making 329 bhp (245 kilowatts). Unlike the lesser performance variants, the R would be all-wheel drive.
The next-generation GTI and Golf R will go on sale in Europe later this year but Americans have to wait until next year. VW's North American division will also push to bring other sporty variants of the Golf to the United States – like the TCR but unlikely. Same goes for the GTE plug-in hybrid.