Volkswagen Golf GTD: a new sporty diesel
Even though no GTD badge is showing on the car,|
the diesel version of the Golf can be recognised
by dual chrome tailpipe extensions at the rear.
29th March, 2009
Following the Polo, the BlueMotion initiative and the Golf GTI,
Volkswagen is now preparing for its next new model: this time, the Golf GTD. With a powerful 125 kW TDI engine,
it is aimed at diesel drivers who value the maximum in dynamics. The new GTD is thrifty but at the same time it
is sporty. The GTD tag already has a tradition at Volkswagen: the first Golf GTD - the GTI among diesels - was
built in 1982.
The new Golf GTD is the first production Golf to be powered by Volkswagen's 125 kW diesel engine.
Volkswagen's new GTD is powerful and boasts low fuel consumption: the common-rail engine requires 5.3 litres
fuel per 100 kilometres. That corresponds to CO2 emissions of 139 g/km. On the other hand, the car has a top
speed of 222 km/h and accelerates to 100 km/h in 8.1 seconds.
Like the GTI, the GTD will also offer, in addition to the 6-speed manual gearbox, an optional 6-speed DSG -
the most efficient automatic gearbox of our time, in the opinion of many experts. Equipped with sport
suspension and 17-inch alloy "Seattle" wheels, the GTD demonstrates that it shares GTI DNA on one hand through
its extremely agile handling and, on the other, through parallels in appearance and equipment. The exterior
announces unequivocally that it the sportiest diesel-powered Golf. The designs of the front bumper, the
radiator grille and the headlights are identical to those of the GTI. However, the typical horizontal red
strips in the GTI's grille are chromed on the GTD.
Volkswagen's GT philosophy has shaped the interior as well: top-of-the line sport seats in black and white
as standard; a three-spoke steering wheel flattened along the bottom edge, a brake handle with a leather gaiter
as well as light-grey seams to accent the leather handle; and a black moulded headliner are just a few of the
GTD's distinguishing features.
Volkswagen presented the new Golf GTD as well as the entire Volkswagen range at AMI (Leipzig Motor Show) in
Germany. The show opened on Friday 27th March and it closes on Sunday 5th April, 2009.
The Volkswagen Golf GTD will be released across Europe in June. An Australian release is likely in late 2009,
after the local launch of the new