• Mar 24, 2009
Volkswagen Golf Mk VI GTI – Click above for high-res image gallery

We've been hearing rumblings about a new variant of the Volkswagen Golf and Rabbit for several months now, ever since a reader sent in what appeared to be an order form for the new sixth generation model for the U.S. market. This new model was dubbed the Rabbit GTD, implying that it's a sporting variant like the GTI, but powered by a TDI diesel engine. Volkswagen of America has only confirmed that the U.S. will get a new Mk VI GTI this summer followed by a new Rabbit in the fall that will offer TDI power.

It now appears that the Golf GTD will at least be unveiled in April at the AMI Car Show in Leipzig, Germany. If the reports are correct, the GTD will use the more powerful 170-hp version of the 2.0-liter TDI that we already get here in the Jetta. This is the same unit used in the Jetta TDI cup race cars as well as the European market Audi TT TDI. The Golf/Rabbit GTD will be a bit quicker than the Jetta with a 0-60 time of about 8.2 seconds, but should still approach the 40+ mpg real world mileage of the sedan. As for whether or not it will be sold in the U.S., we still don't know, but at least it exists. Thanks to Andrew for the tip!



[Source: 4WheelsNews]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      I wish they'd dump the stupid name Rabbit...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Agreed. They spent almost 20 years creating brand equity with Golf, only to change it. It seems indecisive.... like they way American car companies have trouble sticking with their model brands.
      • 5 Years Ago
      With an unexceptional 0-60 time and a heavy nose from having an iron block Diesel engine up there hurting the handling, I don't get what's really "GT" about this car.

      VW is wise to offer this vehicle though, it's clear there is demand. It's basically an opportunity to charge an even higher premium for the Diesel motor in the Rabbit/Golf than they have in the past.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Largely a moot point anyway.

        The USA will not be getting the 170hp Diesel. So it will be more like 10 seconds to 60 and they wouldn't try to call that a GT in this day and age.
        • 5 Years Ago
        There have been GTD variants in the Golf in every one of its six generations. It's essentially always had slightly more powerful diesel than a regular Golf, but shod with the GTi's trim.

        0-60 in 8 seconds is no slouch in real-world driving, not to mention far better fuel economy which is handy when you're paying European fuel prices.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "I did not say 8 seconds is slow. I said it is unexceptional. And it is. I can get a myriad of very cheap small cars that do 8 seconds 0-60 for a lot less than this will cost."


        And given that it'll likely average over 60mpg (imperial), it's an ideal combination which is especially popular in Europe, the GTD's intended territory.

        Over in the States, there are indeed a number of cheap, 8-sec 0-60 cars on sale - with cheap being the operative word when compared to a car of the Golf's calibre.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Remember, the current GTI, which is pretty fast, has a VW-marketing 0-60 of 7.2 seconds, but really does it in almost a second less. This one's probably in a similar boat. 8.0-1.0 is still unremarkable versus other hot hatches, but the extra fuel efficiency will probably swing a lot of people.

        I probably wouldn't buy it over a GTI, but it cool that its an option.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I hope they put the 2.5 engine in the new Rabbit VI, I like this engine very much, in my 2008 Rabbit, that I have over in Germany where I am stationed at. I would buy the 2010 model if so offered. The 5 cylinder 2.5 sounds great with a sport exhaust and it burns regular gas, and the gas mileage is good enough for me, for the power it makes. Not all of us want a 4 cylinder diesel engine Rabbit, but I am glad it is a choice for those who do, unlike other things that are going to be forced upon us in the future.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Heyhuub, the 2.5 litre unit in the Golf V is only available in North American market cars. The engine also formed the basis for the upcoming TT-RS, albeit heavily modified. The engine is not related to the old multivalve 2.5 litre VR5 unit used in our Golf IV.

        US servicemen in Europe can obtain cars VAT-free as long as they're North American specification and that they're ultimately exported from the EU (hence the VAT-free status).
        • 5 Years Ago
        The 2.5 has a timing chain, No belts here. Is is loosly based on the 5.0 v10 Audi engine. Also it is also built, like the 1.4 twin charger engine, in Mexico were all good engines are made.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The top-spec 1.4 litre twincharger in the European Golf is a far better engine - it also produces 170bhp and gets twice the fuel economy of the North American-only 2.5.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The 2.5 170 hp. is a much simpeler engine, it has no turbo or blower and has 5 cylinders, the money it uses on the extra gas, will be saved later on in its life, thru cheaper maintenance cost and regular gas. Most people who have bad things to say about this engine, never drove a Rabbit with this engine in it, and are not owners of this car. I have driven both and prefer the 2.5.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Is the 2.5L 5-cyl in Europe iron block like the US one or is it aluminum?

        I think there is a 2.5L 5-cyl aluminum engine, it's the one that sprouts a turbo and shows up in the TT-RS.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Who said it was sold in Europe? Members of the US forces in Germany Buy their US spec Rabbits from the tax free sales outlets that cater to the military, thats how I got mine. The car is made in Germany and these cars are not sold to non military ID card holders. And the car has a 2.5 liter I5 Not VR5. And the tt-rs engine IS based on the Rabbit engine itis Even made in Mexico.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I've driven both also - the 2.5 is a hefty dog's dinner compared with the twincharger. Sure, if you're going to keep a car for 30 years, a car with a turbocharger may become more troublesome to maintain - but most people here don't maintain stewardship of their cars for much longer than 4 or 5 years. They can keep that archaic lump over in America!
        • 5 Years Ago
        The 2.5 I5 does not have an aluminum alloy block.

        VW better have something with direct injection so the base golf/rabbit will get mileage that isn't crap.
        and couples with the 7 speed DSG.
        1.8tfsi (or shorter stroke if need be)
        • 5 Years Ago
        Does the 2.5L have a timing chain or belt (like the TDI)? I don't want another engine with a belt and expensive 60K services to replace.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Rabbit is not a bad name. But having just one name worldwide would perhaps be better.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Rabbit
      • 5 Years Ago
      I thought they were dropping the Rabbit nameplate and reverting to consistent "Golf" branding worldwide.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That is such a Volkswagen interior.

      Sexy...Sexy...Sexy...Sexy...oh cripes is that plaid?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I suppose VW changing the name back to Golf is a pipe dream, huh?

      I still always forget that they are "Rabbits" now.
        • 5 Years Ago
        A pipe dream? yes, but that's not stopping the horse from continually being beaten every single post.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yes, it's been said before but there are FAR more comments along the lines of "I'd rather have the Scirocco" on GTI posts.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah that Scirroco whine is getting old fast. If you want you can remove the Rabbit badge and put your own Golf emblem...
      • 5 Years Ago
      IF we get it, we wont get the 170hp engine. there is a post right now on vwvortex about a Jetta TDI Cup Street car. and everyone is saying they want the 170hp engine. VW said no because they would have to re-certify the engine.
      • 5 Years Ago
      ohhhh... performance diesel...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why not call it the GTDI (=GTI + TDI)?
      • 5 Years Ago
      We just took our 2005 Jetta Wagon TDI on a little mountain road trip through some of the aftermath of the recent snowstorm. Even though I wish I had a better suspension installed I still had a grin ear to ear everytime I felt that torque whip us around a curve. The fact that the GTD would be that much better than our wagon has me praying it comes.
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