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2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR – Drive and Exterior. Subscribe.
Key facts about the Golf GTI TCR:
- The Golf GTI for circuit racing is getting a facelift for the 2018 season. - Proven technology package with a two-litre turbocharged engine that produces 257 kW / 350 PS. - More than 100 units built in short run and handcraft production since 2016. - A genuine winner with twelve international championship titles in TCR series across the globe to date.
Update for a car with winning ways. The Golf GTI TCR, the successful race version of the TCR International Series championship titleholder, is getting a facelift for the 2018 season. Like the production model, this front end of the successful competition touring car was also redesigned to visually highlight the close technical relationship between the sporty Golf GTI models more emphatically.
Ample power for every situation. The 2.0-litre turbocharged engine of the Golf GTI TCR produces 257 kW / 350 PS and can deliver a maximum torque of 420 Newton-metres to the front wheels – via the customer's choice of a racing gearbox or a dual clutch gearbox (DSG).
Perfectly distributed. As in the Golf GTI Performance, a front differential lock prevents wheelspin of the drive wheels.
Less air drag. Wings with special contours and openings boost the car's aerodynamic efficiency on the race course.
Well protected. No air conditioner, no sound system – instead, the driver sits in a safety cell made of steel tubes as thick as a person's arm. The protection package is rounded out by a shell race seat with head protectors and six-point seat belt.
High flyer. The GTI TCR's body was widened by 15 centimetres compared to the standard production Golf GTI Performance. The body of a TCR vehicle is permitted to have a maximum overall width of 1,950 millimetres. All other add-on aerodynamic parts conform to TCR regulations and were tested in a wind tunnel.
Energy. A safety fuel tank constructed according to TCR regulations is mounted at the rear, in front of the rear axle.
Downforce. A distinctive rear wing made of aluminium gives the GTI TCR the downforce it needs in fast cornering.
Sporty without compromise. For weight reasons, there are no door trim panels or window lifts. A strap is used to unlock the driver's door.
Command headquarters. The driver not only uses the steering wheel to steer the car, but also to control all important functions – such as the pit radio, headlights and cockpit ventilation.
Fast shifting. Customers can choose from two transmission variants: DSG or a sequential race gearbox.
Fine tuning during the drive. The driver can adjust the balance of braking power between the front and rear wheels.
The Nissan Altima has entered its sixth-generation, bringing with it a bolder exterior styling, a classier interior, all-wheel drive and a new turbo engine. Unveiled at the 2018 New York Auto Show, the new Altima is bigger and looks more expressive than its predecessor, borrowing many styling cues from its bigger brother, the Maxima. Design […]
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BMW M2 Competition – 410 Hp New six-cylinder in-line engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology, based on the power unit from the BMW M3/M4, three-litre cubic capacity, 302 kW/410 HP, peak torque of 550 Nm (combined fuel consumption with six-speed manual gearbox: 10,0 – 9,9 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 228 – 225 g/km*; combined with optional M Double Clutch Transmission (M DCT): 9,2 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 210 – 209 g/km)*. Sprint from 0 to 100 km/h: 4.2 s (with six-speed manual gearbox 4.4 s), top speed: 250 km/h (limited), 280 km/h with M Driver´s Package (limited). High-precision CFRP strut and bulkhead strut for increased front section rigidity. New cooling system, including new front skirt and larger, redesigned BMW kidney in high-gloss black. New dual exhaust system with two electrically-controlled flaps. New, optional M Sport brakes with brake calipers painted grey. New optional M Sport bucket seat with integrated headrests and illuminated M2 badge at shoulder height. Selector switches for immediate access to various engine and steering characteristics, as well as DCT settings via Drivelogic. Exclusive new metallic Hockenheim Silver paint. The BMW M2 Competition replaces its predecessor, the BMW M2 Coupé.
Fascinating new options
The new, optional M Sport seat is a real highlight in terms of function and form. The bucket-style shape borrows heavily from motorsport and provides drivers with optimum support, while the headrests are integrated into the seat back rest. The backrest also features an illuminated M2 logo at shoulder height. The black leather upholstery boasts design perforations in the seat and backrest, available in blue or orange. The standard sports seats are also available with black leather upholstery, featuring contrast stitching in blue or orange.
The many years of motorsport experience at BMW M GmbH are reflected in the availability of the new M sport brakes, which provide maximum brake performance thanks to larger brake discs (front axle: 400 mm diameter, rear axle: 380 mm diameter) and brake calipers painted grey (front axle: 6-piston fixed caliper, rear axle: 4-piston fixed caliper). The optional 19-inch forged alloy wheels (front axle: 9J x 19, rear axle: 10J x 19) are also available with the new Y-spoke design. A new metallic paint colour is also now exclusively available for the BMW M2 Competition: Hockenheim Silver.
The double-charged six-cylinder in-line engine, based on the power unit from the M3 and M4, offers the best of both worlds: It guarantees a unique appetite for revs for a turbocharged engine, offers exceptionally linear power delivery across a broad rev range and possesses a distinctive engine sound. M TwinPower Turbo technology provides unbeatable torque, available across a wide rev band. The engine also boasts outstanding efficiency.
The engine in the compact coupé delivers 410 HP between 5,250 and 7,000 rpm; peak torque of 550 Nm is on tap between 2,350 and 5,200 rpm. This allows the new BMW M2 Competition to complete a standard sprint, from a standstill to 100 km/h, in 4.2 seconds (with M DCT, 4.4 seconds with six-speed manual gearbox). The top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h. The car can be combined with the M Driver's Package to raise this to 280 km/h – 10 km/h more than with the BMW M2 Coupé. The consumption figures are also noteworthy: with six-speed manual gearbox, the combined fuel consumption is 10,0 – 9,9 l/100 km, the combined CO2 emissions are 228 – 225 g/km. With the optional M Double Clutch Transmission (M DCT), these numbers decrease to only 9,2 l/100 km 210 – 209 CO2 emissions g/km combined. In relevant EU countries, the BMW M2 Competition also boasts an Otto particulate filter (OPF) to further reduce fine dust pollution.
The seven-speed M Double Clutch Transmission (M DCT with Drivelogic) can be ordered as an option. This system effectively combines two gearboxes, each with its own clutch, and enables either extremely fast gear changes with no interruption in the flow of power or ultra-smooth shifts. The driver can change gear either in automated mode or manually using the gearshift lever on the centre console or shift paddles on the M leather steering wheel. In automatic and manual modes, Drivelogic provides the driver with a choice between preconfigured driving programs: COMFORT, SPORT and SPORT+. In automatic mode, the driver can then adjust the timing of the gearshift, its intensity, and the automatic throttle blipping function on downshifts.
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