VW Golf GTD diesel sports hatch hits the market

The GTD offers fuel economy of 44mpg (5.3L/100km) yet can comfortably reach a top speed of 222km/h

The GTD offers fuel economy of 44mpg (5.3L/100km) yet can comfortably reach a top speed of 222km/h

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Late last year, reports emerged claiming Volkswagen was working on three separate sports-oriented versions of the popular Golf hatchback. The first of these we've already seen in the form of the recently launched GTI, and this spring the second star of the trio, the GTD oil-burner, was revealed ahead of its debut at the Leipzig Motor Show. Today, the car is officially on sale in Germany, accompanied by a sheaf of new photos.

The GTD features a 2.0L turbodiesel engine with 170hp (127kW) and 258lb-ft (350Nm) of torque. This engine will fully comply with tough Euro 5 emissions standards, yet still accelerate the car from 0-100km/h in 8.1 seconds when equipped with VW’s six-speed DSG (a six-speed manual is also available). At full-throttle, the GTD will be able to reach a top speed of around 222km/h.

While the acceleration figures don’t seem that impressive for the GTD, the torquey nature of the engine and low-end pulling power should ensure performance fans won’t be too disappointed - the peak torque of 258lb-ft (350Nm) comes on at just 1,750rpm. However, fuel consumption is where the GTD really shines, with a claimed fuel-economy of 44.4mpg (5.3L/100km) for the European cycle – a marked improvement over the GTI's more thirsty figures of 31mpg (7.4L/100km). Combine this with the car’s 55L fuel tank and theoretically it will be able to drive over 1,000km on a single fill.

Other features of the car include a unique rear diffuser, dual exhaust pipes, a chrome grille, 17in alloys and a sports chassis. Production for the GTD will start next month, with sales following soon after that.

Luckily for Golf fans, the GTD is not the last of the hot Golfs - VW has one more card up its sleeve in the form of the upcoming 'R' variant of the Golf, set to replace the current VW Golf R32. Details are scarce, however early reports are claiming the car will be fitted with a 270hp (201kW) engine churning out power to all four wheels - 22hp (16kW) more than the outgoing R32. The engine is expected to be a four-cylinder turbo model, unlike the R32 which used a naturally aspirated V6.

There's no definitive word yet on whether VW will bring the GTD to the U.S., though rumors are circulating that hint it's under consideration. Check out the 2010 Volkswagen Golf GTD gallery below to see the new photos of the car.
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Comments (8)
  1. You should also mention that the rumored "R" would borrow the current TTS engine (2.0T 272hp) and is not be a new engine!

  2. Please excuse my bad grammar

  3. Don't just consider it, bring it to the US

  4. cool, i will take the 2 door hatch please.
    I think the 4 door looks a little funky.

  5. mburleigh8 - I want the 4 door so I guess we won't have to fight over the same car. Hard to believe that deisel is selling for less than gasoline at this point - how long will that last? For as long as it does it makes these oil burners a screaming winner. I wish we'd get some US mileage figures - epa and real world data would be appreciated.

  6. My son - who is trying to unload his 2006.5 Rabbit/Golf 2.5 on his sister - will completely LOSE IT if neither the GTD or R20 make it to America...He has one of these plotted out as his replacement vehicle. Both have their benefits and both should be awesome rides.

  7. The 140hp TDI engine might be more appropriate in a Rabbit diesel (though if I remember correctly, it produces even more torque than the gas engine in the current GTI). Either way, it would be nice to have a choice of body styles among VW's diesels.

  8. I'm really disappointed in VW lately. 170hp 258ft-lb of torque and still only does 0-60 in 8.1? I have a 2000 Beetle TDI with 270,000 miles on it, a performance chip which bring the hp up to 120 from 90, and it still does 0-60 in 7.5 and gets 50mph. What's the deal VW?

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