Volkswagen Golf GTD: Frugal & Fast
Motoring Channel Staff - 31/March/2009
Volkswagen Golf GTD
Powered by a next gen turbo diesel: VW Golf GTD
Peak power of 125kW gives the
Golf GTD a top speed of 222km/h
Thanks to an all-new electromagnetic sound
generator, the Golf GTD will sound tough
The interior of the VW Golf GTD is classic sports
– The Volkswagen Golf GTI is one of the car world's most recognisable names.
German car maker will try and leverage some of the GTI's fame with an
newly badged hot hatch that delivers similar levels of performance.
Only this one's a diesel.
all-new VW Golf GTD was unveiled at the Auto Mobil International
in Leipzig, Germany, and though it's not quite as fast as the Golf GTI
off the line, it has significantly more torque which will ensure its a
viable sports hatch.
Volkswagen Australia's most popular model is the Golf and that around
half of all Golf sales are diesel, this car could be an ideal halo
model in this country.
Volkswagen Australia's General Manager
Press and PR told the Motoring Channel that the Golf GTD has not been
confirmed for sale in Australia (it doesn't go on sale in Europe until
June), but that VW would"certainly like to have it here."
would love to add it to the lineup," stated Volkswagen's chief of PR,
adding that it would fill the gap left by the previous 125kW
diesel-powered Golf GT.
Expect the GTD to arrive here in 2010 for under $40,000.
With a sportier look than the standard new generation Golf, the GTD has much in common with the GTI.
front bumper is almost identical to the Golf GTI's, from the vertically
aligned fog lights and horizontal strakes to the sporty radiator
The only difference is that the GTI's red pinstripe finish around the grille is replaced with chrome.
at the rear end of the GTI, the most marketed difference here is the
exhaust outlets which sit side-by-side as opposed to the GTI's widely
spaced exhaust pipes.
The car gets the same suspension
setup as the GTI, sitting lower to the group, and rides on 17-inch
alloy wheels that are different to the GTI's traditionalcircular design 5-spoke wheels.
the Volkswagen GTD drivers will be met with high-end
sport seats as standard, plus a flat-bottomed 3-spoke leather steering
with GTD chrome badge, leather hand brake and gearshift levers
with overt stitch seams.
by a 2.0-litre turbocharged and intercooled 4-cylinder diesel engine,
the VW Golf GTD pumps out 125 kilowatts (170hp) and has a top speed of
222km/h. The vital statistics are as follows:
Power: 125kW @ 4200rpm
Torque: 350Nm @ 1750rpm
0-100km/h: 8.1 seconds
Max Speed: 220km/h (136mph)
Fuel Economy: 5.3L/100km
As the stats show, this high performance front-wheel drive diesel car is not as fast as the GTI but it is much more efficient.
claims it'll cover about 1000 kilometres per tank (which has a 55
litre capacity) while emitting 139g/km of CO2, which is very low for a
The 16-valve 1,968cc engine 'offers power
equivalent to that of a six-cylinder
sports car engine' says Volkswagen, attaining its impressive 350Nm of
torque thanks to a combination of turbocharging and high pressure fuel
injection of up to
With this kind of torque available at low
engine revolutions, the GTD should be especially quick at mid-gear
acceleration and things like overtaking. It should be able to tow large
Along with a 6-speed manual gearbox as standard, the
car will be available with a dual clutch DSG automatic, which increases
fuel consumption to 5.6L/100km but has the same acceleration time of
While the Golf GTD is a diesel-powered vehicle, Volkswagen says its a very quiet car.
a maintenance-free toothed timing belt for the camshaft and a
noise-damping film in the windshield, this vehicle is claimed to be one
quietest diesel models in its class.
However, engine and
exhaust acoustics have always been a hallmark of the GTI models and
Volkswagen says its engineers 'were able to fine tune its
acoustics for the first time'.
This has been achieved via a special sound
According to VW, this electromagnetic sound generator evaluates
engine speed, momentary power demand and vehicle speed data obtained
via the car's CAN bus and tunes the engine sound that can be heard in
the interior, out a sonorous tone especially in the lower
engine speed range.
As with most German cars, the Volkswagen Golf GTD is packed with lots of safety equipment, foremost of which are
airbags including driver's knee airbag and an electronic stability program or ESP.
Other standard features include automatic climate
running lights, a winter package that includes heated windshield washer
nozzles, heated front seats, a headlight cleaning system and low washer
fluid indicator light) and the RCD 210 audio system.
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