Volkswagen has revealed details of the high-performance, diesel-powered Golf GTD, which is set to make its debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March.
Back in 1982, the first Golf GTD was launched as 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 it blends performance with fuel-efficiency.
With a six-speed manual gearbox, the Golf GTD, powered by a 2.0-litre common rail turbodiesel producing 135kW and 380Nm of torque from 1750rpm, consumes just 4.2 litres per 100km, making for CO2 emissions of only 109g/km, according to VW. With the optional six-speed DSG, fuel consumption is 4.7 litres per 100km. Acceleration from zero to 100km/h takes just 7.5 seconds, while the top speed is 228km/h.
The Golf GTD 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 GTD features distinguish the interior: along with tartan sports seats, black rooflining, sports steering wheel, stainless steel pedals, there is also a GTD-specific gear lever, trim strips and instrument cluster. Progressive steering, white ambience lighting, "Climatronic" climate control, and front and rear parking sensors are included.
The bad news? The GTD won't be coming to South Africa.
"There are no plans to introduce GTD in South Africa. Our market prefers the GTI, which we will be introducing in SA during the third quarter of 2013," Andile Dlamini, Volkswagen Brand Public Relations Manager, told iafrica Motoring.