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01/25/19
Portimão, Portugal
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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.

It’s not witchcraft: After brief instructions, everyone is comfortable driving the racing version of the Golf GTI (seen here with the current livery for the 2019 season)
Strapped in and ready to go: Marcus Berger looks forward to his hot ride in the TCR racer.
The striking differences between the race car and the road-going version are the flared wheel arches and the solid aluminium rear wing, which generates the necessary downforce.
Launched in 1976, the Golf GTI was an immediate success.

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