• Mar 27, 2009
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Volkswagen is set to introduce the world to its new Volkswagen Golf GTD at the Leipzig Motor Show in Germany. What we have here is the basic GTI package, except that the wonderful gas-powered 2.0-liter turbo engine that powers VW's latest hot hatch has been yanked in favor of a new high-performance turbo diesel engine (also displacing 2.0 liters) that offers up 168 horsepower and, just as importantly, about 260 lb-ft of torque. VW says the new drivetrain package is enough to scoot the new GTD to 60 mph in about eight seconds. European combined fuel economy is rated at 44.4 mpg (U.S.) with CO2 emissions of 139 g/km.

On the outside, the GTD features all of the exterior differentiation of the GTI, except that the red exterior accents are now done in chrome. Step inside, and you'll be greeted with VW's signature plaid seating surfaces, though the red fabrics and stitching are now done in light grey. German sales of the GTD will begin in May, with the rest of Europe likely following shortly thereafter. So far, there's no official word on whether the GTD is coming to America, but signs point to "Yes." Press release after the break.



[Source: Volkswagen]

PRESS RELEASE:

Key Aspects: The New Golf GTD – World Premiere in Leipzig

5.3 liter fuel economy and 222 km/h redefine the idea of sportiness

New Golf GTD with 170-PS TDI: Advance sales begin early May

GTD and new GTI are conceptual soulmates

Wolfsburg / Leipzig, 27 March 2009 - After the Polo, the BlueMotion offensive and the Golf GTI, Volkswagen is pulling the next arrow out of its quiver: this time it is the Golf GTD. It is extremely fuel efficient yet exceedingly sporty, and it is debuting as a world premiere at the Auto Mobil International in Leipzig (March 28 to April 05). The GTD code letters carry on a tradition: the first Golf GTD appeared back in 1982 – it was the GTI among diesels. Now Volkswagen has perfected the various aspects of sportiness. The new Golf GTD with its 125 kW / 170 PS is aimed at all diesel fans who value a maximum in dynamic performance. This is where the GTD shows a clear affinity to the new GTI (155 kW / 210 PS). While the GTI is in its own league with an efficient turbo gasoline engine that offers the same performance as far more expensive sports cars, the Golf GTD is making its appearance with phenomenal fuel economy. Every 100 kilometers, just 5.3 liters of fuel flow through the piezo injection valves of the common rail engine that can hardly be pegged as a diesel. That is equivalent to CO2 emissions of just 139 g/km. This contrasts with a top speed of 222 km/h and 8.1 seconds for the sprint to 100 km/h.

Range of about 1,000 kilometer

As on the GTI, the GTD's 6-speed manual transmission may be swapped out for an optional 6-speed DSG – which in the eyes of many experts is the most efficient automatic of our times. The Golf GTD with DSG reaches a top speed of 220 km/h; it accelerates to 100 km/h in 8.1 seconds and consumes 5.6 liters diesel on average (147 g/km CO2). These low fuel consumption values take both GTD variants to distances of about 1,000 kilometers on one tank of fuel (55 liters).

The GTD equipped with standard sport chassis and 17-inch alloy wheels ("Seattle" type) bears a close relationship to the GTI, in its highly agile handling properties as well as in its parallels in appearance and features.

GTD exterior

The exterior clearly indicates that this is the sportiest Golf with a diesel engine. Take the front end, for example: the bumper, radiator grille and headlights are a 1:1 match with the GTI. However, the red horizontal stripes in the radiator grille are styled in chrome on the GTD. At the rear, the turbo-diesel sports a modified diffuser. Even though no GTD emblem comes with the car purchase, the diesel version of the Golf can be recognized by its dual chrome tailpipes on the left side of the diffuser (the GTI has one tailpipe on the left and one on the right).

GTD sound

Sound – sporty sound – has not traditionally been a particular strength of diesel engines. However, the GTD's new common rail engine is different. Since it no longer has a superimposed "hammering" sound that was previously typical of diesels, engineers were able to fine tune its acoustics for the first time. This is accomplished by a special sound generator, which outputs a sonorous tone, especially in the lower engine speed range. The 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.

GTD interior

Volkswagen's GT philosophy is also reflected in the interior. It expresses itself in standard high-end sport seats, a 3-spoke leather steering wheel whose curvature flattens at the bottom (GTD signature in the center chrome badge), leather parking brake lever and leather gearshift boot with stitching in contrasting color. However, unlike in the GTI the color is not red but light gray. The same applies to the sport seats in "Jacky" pattern: The color chosen for the flat-felled seams are an elegant light gray ("Art Grey") instead of red ("Flash Red"). The seats themselves are styled in a "Black-White" color combination.

GTD safety and convenience

Other standard features of the Golf GTD include details such as a black roofliner and black roof pillar trim, special interior accents, seven airbags including knee airbag on the driver's side, automatic climate control ("Climatronic"), front fog lights with chrome framing, daytime running lights, ESP, a winter package (with heated windshield washer nozzles, heated front seats, headlight cleaning system and low washer fluid indicator light) and the RCD 210 radio system. Nonetheless, the most important component of standard GTD equipment is still the Common Rail TDI with 170 PS being used in the Golf for the first time.

TDI technology in detail

The 1,968 cm3 displacement engine is from a new TDI generation. It delivers its maximum power at 4,200 rpm. The engine – as sporty as it is fuel efficient – develops its 350 Newton-meter maximum torque between 1,750 and 2,500 rpm. Its specific torque is 177.8 Newton-meter per liter engine displacement. The upshot is that in practically any driving situation, the sixteen-valve four-cylinder engine offers power equivalent to that of a six-cylinder sports car engine.

About the technology: Fuel induction is handled by a common rail system. Fuel injection pressures of up to 1,800 bar and special eight-hole injection nozzles achieve exceptionally fine atomization of the diesel fuel. The eight-hole injection nozzles are driven by what are known as piezo in-line injectors. In this process, electrically controlled piezo crystals – boosted by hydraulics – initiate injection in fractions of a second. Compared to conventional solenoid valves, piezo technology enables more flexible injection processes with smaller and more precisely metered quantities of fuel. The results are a very quiet and pleasantly soft running engine, exceptionally quick response and the excellent fuel economy and emissions values already mentioned.

Another feature having a positive effect on the car's acoustics is the maintenance-free toothed timing belt for the camshaft. The conversion to common rail technology and many other acoustic measures, such as a noise-damping film in the windshield, make the new Golf GTD one of the quietest diesel models in its class. In addition, the GTD will fulfill limits of the Euro-5 emissions standard. Advance sales of the Golf GTD in Germany will already begin in early May. And the prospects for a successful market launch look good. Because this sporty Volkswagen fits in perfectly with our times.

Note:
All data and equipment contained in this press release apply to models offered in Germany. They may differ in other countries. All information is subject to change or correction.
TDI, TSI, DSG and Twincharger are registered trademarks of Volkswagen AG or other companies of the Volkswagen Group in Germany and other countries.


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Not giving up my 335i soon but in 3-4 years this could be a possibility. I like the GTI...just felt it wasn't smart to get one with the Mark VIs coming this year.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Would be nice to see this in the US, especially with the sportier "GTi" trim...
      • 5 Years Ago
      The US version will get the 140 HP TDI due to certification issues.
      Carlos
      • 5 Years Ago
      I would kill to have this car here!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Pictured with car are the two hookers before they go in the trunk.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "rated at 44.4 mph (U.S.)"

      You may want to fix that.

      Also: That looks stunning. I haven't really been a huge fan of the Mk 5s, but the Mk6s look much better (at least in the headlight region).
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'd be willing to sacrifice a little of that gas mileage for a little more get-up-and-go...you know?
        • 5 Years Ago
        then get the GTI :)
      • 5 Years Ago
      What is with the gay 5-door crapola? Go buy a Sportwagen and add spoilers and go-fast goodies! When they bring the Golf to the US this fall, if they don't have a TDI 3 door, I will save the 7 grand and buy a Yaris, I would rather have the TDI mileage/durability but if its uncomfortable as hell and looks like crap, I guess Toyota will get my business.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Well this should be awesome. I own a MKV GTI here in the states and recently drove an Audi A3 (3-door) with the 2.0TDI over in Europe -- this looks like it'll basically be a combination of the two. The sheer grunt of torque from the diesel engine makes it pretty enjoyable to drive even though it doesn't rev as high as the gasoline counterpart.

      With pretty similar power and much better mileage, the diesel is a no-brainer.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So it has something that makes the engine sound more sporty, like some electric device with a speaker-like type thing? Like what they want(ed) to do with hybrid here in the US, so blind people could hear them. That sounds annoying to me. Just let the car sound like itself. Maybe I'm just not understanding.
        • 5 Years Ago
        In reading the translation/info release, I can't tell if it's to 'enhance' or neutralize the diesel clatter. I imagine it tries to make it sound more like a gasser?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Been waiting foreverfor a VW GTI with a turbo diesel to use as a commuter car. If VW keeps marketing boring TD cars in the US, I will not buy one... period. Thus, I haven't bought a VW in 20 years.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Judging by the dresses the models are wearing, VW wanted us to look at the *car*.

      And check out the tachometer with its 5000rpm redline. Wind it out, baby!
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