• Oct 8, 2009
2010 VW Golf GTD - click above for high-res image gallery

Prior to the U.S. launch of the Volkwagen Golf MK VI, a few months back rumors emerged that the Americans were going to get a crack at the GTD version of the hatchback. For those unfamiliar with the GTD, it's essentially the much loved GTI but with a 170 hp version of the 2.0-liter TDI diesel. Unfortunately, when we got the details on the Golf lineup last week, the GTD wasn't included. While in Germany this week to drive the new Golf lineup, we spoke with VW of America product planner Andres Valbuena about the GTD's fortunes, and the news is promising.

According to Valbuena, while the GTD didn't make the cut for launch, it is still under consideration. In fact the GTD could arrive within the next 18 months. Originally, it was speculated that the GTD would likely carry the existing 140 horsepower diesel along with all of the other good bits. Valbuena tells us that if they do offer the GTD in the U.S., VW will do it right and bring the high output 170 hp engine.

One car that's definitely coming is the Jetta TDI Cup model. This is essentially a street legal version of the race car but without the race bits like the roll cage. It will get the same front fascia available from the VW performance parts catalog, along with the bigger brakes, suspension upgrades and interior bits from the GLI sedan. Unfortunately, the TDI cup replica keeps the standard 140 hp engine instead of the 170 hp unit in the race cars. The cup car will probably have its public debut at LA Auto Show in December prior to going on sale in January.




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      • 5 Years Ago
      What the heck is up with Autoblog?????!!!!!! Autoblog just told us days ago that the GTD was coming to the states and went so far as to tell us the price and options.......and now they're telling us that it's not.....where are they getting their information?....an 8 ball?????
      • 5 Years Ago
      If we got the 170 hp version, I think it'd be pretty easy for a tuning company to come out with a chip to bring it up to around 200 hp. I remember reading a few years ago that Audi was supposed to be using a version of this 2.0 diesel in a small SUV (maybe the Q3?) and it was going to put out 200 hp/295 tq. At that point I'd almost absolutely have it over the GTI, and not even for the gas mileage but for the extra torque and the resale value.

      I've been debating lately all the way up and down the whole Golf lineup because all the 3 current engines seem to have their virtues, but this would really help sway me towards a diesel variant.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Nice!
      • 5 Years Ago
      That street version of the TDI cup fits the proverbial phrase: All show and no go.

      Damn it VW either give us the whole enchilada or nothing, not that half baked attempt.
      • 5 Years Ago
      GTD + DSG? That's when my eyebrow raises.
        • 5 Years Ago
        To each their own, I guess. "GTD + DSG" is when my shoulders slump and my head falls down in disappointment.

        Now, GTD - DSG, that will get an eyebrow raise.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Really? Cos I've driven a lot of manual modern diesels in Europe, and running through the gears is boring...

        Shifting @ 4500?


        • 5 Years Ago
        @lucas

        indeed it does get tiresome to be shifting constantly
      • 5 Years Ago
      Holy smokes, a car company making a good decision regarding bringing a model to the U.S.? UNPOSSIBLE!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Bring on the diesels!

      Probably a good idea to check Consumer Reports before buying a Volkswagen, though. ;)
        • 5 Years Ago
        Ah! A remark made by the first contrarian.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Consumer Reports can bite me.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Bring it over, VW. I will buy one. It's the absolute perfect car for my wife (and I, on occasion). If it could just run on biodiesel...
      • 5 Years Ago
      So they'll offer the model that get worse mileage and costs more? No wonder Americans aren't buying them.

      Why not bring the cheap models that get 50 or 60mpg. That'll get lots of attention.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That the VWoA guy even mentioned the possibility of the GTD means that the 170hp engine is probably being considered for a few more VWs than just this. I'm thinking Tiguan (finally tdi, so maybe it will actually sell), and Passat. If they could put it in the Routan, they might move a few of those too.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wonderful, Andres ftw.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Sweet news!!!
        • 5 Years Ago
        You mean sporty diesel sweetness...
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