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Published on February 27th, 2013 | by Nicholas Brown

The New Volkswagen Golf GTD is the GTI of Diesels

February 27th, 2013 by  

GTD-1We don’t often think of diesel engines as being performance powerhouses, but Volkswagen has always been an exception to this rule. Continuing a tradition that goes back over 30 years, the new Volkswagen Golf GTD is a diesel version of the hot hatchback known as the GTI.

Similar to the 1982 Golf GTD, the new one includes the styling cues and sportier chassis of  a GTI, but this time with a diesel engine. The diesel engine is a 2.0 litr turbocharged common rail model producing 141 HP and 280 ft-lbs of torque (380 Newton-metres) from 1,750 RPM. The transmission options include a six-speed manual, or a six-speed dual clutch DSG. There was no mention an automatic option.

Four-cylinder engines aren’t exactly known for their torque, but the 2.0 liter turbodiesel in the Volkswagen Golf GTD provides a whole lotta torque, which should make for a very spirited ride. Acceleration from 0 to 60 MPH is estimated to take 7.5 seconds, and it can attain a top speed of 229 kph or 142 mph.

With the manual transmission, the GTD achieves a fuel efficiency of 4.2 litres per 100 km, or about 56 mpg on the U.S. testing cycling. Carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of 109 grams per km, and 122 grams per km for the DSG transmission. There aren’t many cars that can offer nearly 300 ft-lbs of torque, and gas mileage that exceeds the Toyota Prius.

Exterior features include a honeycomb grille and bumper design reminiscent of that of GTI vehicles, smoked LED rear lights with LED license plate illumination, chrome dual tailpipes, 17-inch alloy wheels with 225/45 tires, side skirts, a rear diffuser, and a large roof spoiler. The interior is equipped with tartan sports seats, a black headliner, flat-bottom sports steering wheel, stainless steel pedals, plus a GTD-specific gear lever, trim strips and instrument cluster.

In Europe, the Golf GTD VII should start its sales after its world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show in March. It will be priced at €29,350 (US$38,700). No word on if Volkswagen plans to bring the GTD to America, though the recent surge of interest in diesel vehicles could convince Vdub that this is one hot diesel hatchback worth importing.

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  • DirkGently

    The new GTD is not a continuation of the 1982 model — that may have been just the last time they were offered for sale in the U.S. (there’s no guarantee yet this one will be). But VW has been making GTDs for years in Europe.And the new version of the 2.0 diesel engine is rated at 184 hp / 280 lb. ft of torque — an significant rise over the 142 hp / 236 of the unit in U.S. TDI models right now.

    Americans seem to overlook both hatchbacks and diesels for some reason, so we tend not to get the best of either here. I love the practicality of a monster cargo space in a compact car, and the new VW turbo diesels are amazing. The low rpm torque doesn’t mean much for 0-60 dragracing stats, but top gear passing — say 50-70 mph is outstanding, and that’s much more useable performance.Not to mention, few hybrids can do better than the 42 mpg the current U.S. TDI models get, and this new Golf with the lighter “MQB” architecture should better that by several mpg. And how about a 500 mile range? Not having to stop for fuel every 2-300 miles is an automotive “superpower” in my book.

    I want one. Bring us your GTD, VW, please. I’ll take mine in red or black. Still deciding on DSG vs. the 6-speed, if both are available in the U.S.

  • DirkGently

    Also, I’d just note that you wouldn’t expect an “automatic option” where the DSG is available. DSG is a sort of hybrid transmission that uses clutches, but shifts automatically, although you can choose to shift manually with paddles, similar to (but ostensibly better than) Tiptronic, etc.

  • Jason Carpp

    I suppose with the right tuning and modifications, a diesel can be a high performance machine as well as an economy machine. If only all diesels were allowed to be sold here in North America, and even here in the USA.

  • Now, for the obvious question: What will a Diesel Prius do?

    • Jason Carpp

      That’s a good question. Assuming Toyota builds a Diesel Prius, we’ll have to find out, won’t we?

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