David Perel is grinning like a Cheshire cat as he climbs out of the cockpit of the new Golf GTI TCR. “It’s amazing!” is the initial appraisal from the South African, who has just taken the latest and sportiest evolution of the current Golf GTI range for a spin. He needs a few seconds to gather himself, as the adrenalin levels he just experienced can take their toll, but then there is no stopping him:
Cornering wizard with three letters
That GTI feeling does not get any stronger: the new TCR (213 kW/290 PS) is the road-going version of the successful touring car of the same name. The car that spearheads the current GTI range is equally as comfortable on the streets as it is on the racetracks of this world – as media representatives found out for themselves at the “Autódromo Internacional do Algarve” in the Portuguese city of Portimão.