Watch: Take a Look at the GTI TCR Testing at the Nurburgring

The higher-performance TCR is set to become a permanent fixture of the GTI line and has been caught testing at the Nurburgring.
 
Rumor has it that it will be powered by a familiar 2.0-liter inline 4 making 296 hp—55 more than the standard GTI. It will also, reportedly, make 295 lb-ft of torque. Being a lap-time-hunting performance car, though, it’s likely to stick to the DSG transmission.
 

 
First introduced in the last generation, the TCR was a stepping stone between the GTI and the R. The Mk7 managed a Nurburgring lap time of 8:04.9, matching the first-generation R8 V8.
 
So far, spy shots have shown the more aggressive bumpers, larger intakes, and bucket seats. The video appears to show slotted brake discs and a lower ride height.
 
The Mk7 TCR was never sold in the US. No news on whether or not this generation will be sold in the States.