Put the letters GTD at the end of a Volkswagen car name and the last thing you would expect would be for it to be one of the lower emission models.
But for the new Golf GTD that’s exactly what it is, with emissions as low as 109g/km, not much above the lowest emitting Bluemotion 1.6 diesel at 99g/km CO2.
It’s more than thirty years since the original Golf GTD appear and now the new model is ready for its Geneva debut.
Back in 1982, the first Golf GTD was a revelation, a compact hatchback with sporty tuning, the style of the Golf GTI and low diesel running costs.
The new GTD, based on the seventh generation Golf, is the most powerful ever, and like the original, blends performance with fuel-efficiency.
Fitted with a 2.0 litre common rail turbodiesel and a six speed manual gearbox, the new Golf GTD benefits from 184 PS and 380 Nm of torque from 1,750 rpm. It consumes just one gallon of fuel every 67.3 miles, for CO2 emissions of only 109 g/km. With the optional six-speed DSG, fuel consumption is just 60.1 mpg (three-door: 119 g/km CO2; five-door: 122 g/km CO2). Acceleration from zero to 62 mph takes just 7.5 seconds, while the top speed is 142 mph.
The Golf GTD also comes with smoked LED rear lights with LED licence plate illumination, along with chrome dual tailpipes, 17-inch alloy wheels with 225/45 tyres, side skirts, a rear diffuser, sports suspension and a large roof spoiler.
Distinctive features for the model include tartan sports seats, a black rooflining, sports steering wheel, stainless steel pedals, there is also a GTD-specific gear lever, trim strips and instrument cluster. Comfort features include progressive steering, white ambience lighting, ‘Climatronic’ climate control, front and rear parking sensors and a winter pack.
The new Golf GTD is available in Germany at an entry-level price of €29,350, with orders taken from 5 March. UK sales are expected to start in April, with deliveries in the summer. Pricing and specification for the UK has yet to be confirmed.
The model will appear at the Geneva Motor Show, which runs from 7-17 March 2013.
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