As Volkswagen prepares for the launch of the seventh-generation Golf, it continues to show off some of the car's different variants. With the standard Golf and the ultra-efficient BlueMotion Concept out of the way, now we're finally starting to see some of the sportier versions planned for the hatchback. Confirmed for a debut at the Geneva Motor Show, Volkswagen has now given us our first glimpse at the Golf GTD.

Just think of the GTD as a diesel version of the GTI with all the handling and styling upgrades, and then add a torquey engine to the equation. (We had the chance to sample the current GTD over the summer, so click here to read more.) To go with the new body style, VW also gave the GTD a new TDI engine consisting of a similar turbocharged and direct-injected 2.0-liter inline-four layout but with an output of 184 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque – that's an increase of 14 hp and 22 lb-ft over the current GTD. That's a pretty good oomph, but the GTD won't be setting any acceleration records with VW quoting a 0-62 mile per hour time of 7.5 seconds thanks to the car's 3,036-pound curb weight.

The styling of the MkVII Golf lends itself quite well to the more aggressive body kit found on the GTD (and likely matching the GTI). The new front fascia and blacked-out grille give the GTD a sporty look up front, while 17-inch sport wheels, rocker panel extensions and smoked LED taillights finish off the visual changes. The GTD will only be offered in three exterior colors: Tornado Red, Black and Pure White. As expected, the interior gets the plaid seat inserts and flat-bottomed sport steering wheel, but the car also gets stainless steel pedals, a black headliner, ambient cabin lighting and a specific gauge cluster readout.

Aside from saying the GTD will get a "lowered sport suspension," there is word on what specific changes were made, but if that slammed stance is anything to go by, this is going to be one fun car on the track. Volkswagen has yet to say whether or not the 2014 GTD will be sold in the US, but buyers in Germany can get their hands on this car in June with a starting price of 29,350 euros, which will include standard features such as park assist and a touch-screen infotainment system.
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NEW VOLKSWAGEN GOLF GTD MAKES ITS WORLD DEBUT AT THE GENEVA SHOW

-Combined European Cycle fuel consumption of 56 mpg with manual transmission
-New EA288 four-cylinder TDI® engine makes 184 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque
-Manual version accelerates from 0 to 62 mph in 7.5 seconds

Wolfsburg, February 21st, 2013 – Over the past three decades, fans of the Golf GTD have been excited by the car's combination of fuel efficiency and sporty performance and looks. At this year's Geneva International Motor Show, Volkswagen debuts the latest version of this fuel-sipping sporty compact, which features a 184-hp version of the new EA288 TDI turbocharged, direct-injection, four-cylinder diesel engine that already complies with the challenging EU-6 emissions standard.

The first Golf GTD in 1982 revolutionized the sporty compact segment with its turbodiesel engine, sporty demeanor, and its GTI-style features. This year's GTD is the most powerful ever and is based on the seventh-generation Golf.

With184 horsepower and an impressive 280 pound-feet of torque that's delivered from just 1750 rpm, the new Golf GTD combines the dual roles of highly efficient long-distance tourer and dynamic backroad performer. When equipped with the six-speed manual transmission, the GTD has an EC combined fuel economy figure of 56 mpg, some feat considering the car can also reach a top speed of 143 mph. This combined fuel consumption figure equates to CO2 emissions of just 109 g/km. With the optional six-speed DSG® dual-clutch automatic transmission, the combined fuel consumption is 50 mpg.

Visually, the Golf GTD makes a statement through smoked LED taillights with LED licence-plate illumination; chrome dual tailpipes;17-inch GTD wheels with 225/45 tires; a lowered sport suspension; and body enhancements that include side skirts, a rear diffuser, and a large roof spoiler.

The interior is also marked out by numerous distinctive GTD features, such as sport seats with a tartan pattern ("Clark"), black headliner, a sport steering wheel, stainless-steel pedals and foot rest, a GTD shifter grip, and a model-specific instrument cluster. Standard features include white ambience lighting, "Climatronic" automatic climate control, park assist, and Volkswagen's latest touchscreen infotainment system.

The GTD will be offered in three colors: "Tornado Red", "Black", and "Pure White". The car goes on sale in Germany in June with a base price of 29,350 euros.

Overview
Market launch in Europe: June 2013
Debut of first Golf GTD generation: 1982
Engine: Four-cylinder TDI (turbocharged direct-injection diesel)
Layout: Front transverse
Displacement: 1968 cc
Bore x stroke: 81.0 x 95.5 mm
Compression ratio: 15.8:1
Power: 184 hp (135 kW) at 3500-4000 rpm
Torque: 280 lb-ft (380 Nm) at 1750 rpm
Transmission/drive type: Manual six-speed;
DSG six-speed dual-clutch automatic; front-wheel drive.
EC combined fuel consumption/CO2 emissions (manual): 56 mpg; 109 g/km CO2
Performance (manual): 0-62 mph in 7.5 sec; Max speed; 143 mph
Unladen weight: 3036 pounds (base version)
(* preliminary data)

About Volkswagen of America, Inc.
Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc. is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia. It is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. Volkswagen's operations in the United States include research and development, parts and vehicle processing, parts distribution centers, sales, marketing and service offices, financial service centers, and its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Volkswagen is one of the world's largest producers of passenger cars and Europe's largest automaker. Volkswagen sells the Beetle, Eos, Golf, Golf R. GTI, Jetta, Jetta SportWagen, Passat, CC, Tiguan, Touareg and Routan vehicles through approximately 600 independent U.S. dealers. Visit Volkswagen of America online at www.vw.com.




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      BRKF06
      • 1 Year Ago
      Always tempted by the Golf TDI/GTI. Can't pull the trigger yet but man is it tempting!
      lrx301
      • 1 Year Ago
      How much will be the price in the US if its starting price in Europe is 29,350 Euros? People always say the car sold here will be decontented so the price is cheaper, but how does it be done? the engine is still the same engine, so is the transmission, the only thing I can think of is to replace with cheaper interior stuff. Another question is: how much the do European earn given that everything costs so much more than the states?
        PeterK
        • 1 Year Ago
        @lrx301
        we had this topic many times before - Most times the conclusion was that Europeans (or Germans in my case) don't earn more than you guys. Also we have a similar cost of living. It's just that cars are more expensive in Europe. We don't buy and drive as many cars as Americans, the Europeans car market is shrinking due to many different factors.
        montoym
        • 1 Year Ago
        @lrx301
        European vehicles generally include the price with VAT and other taxes included. So, the price when it comes to the US is generally cheaper even if there's no decontenting being done. Basically, don't try to compare the prices directly, that never works.
      DirkGently
      • 1 Year Ago
      If VW brings this car to the U.S., I'll likely buy one. The current TDI engine is impressive with 140 hp / 236 torque / 42 mpg. I'm not too wound up about the 0-60 spec. It's not bad to start with, and 0-60 is not a great real world performance stat. When was the last time you wanted your commuter car to drag race out of a stoplight? What these VW turbo diesels give you is decent acceleration and strong torque at low rpm. That means great top-gear passing, which is far more useful on the highway than shredding tires at stoplights. Our Sportwagen TDI slices through traffic like a Ginsu through a tin can. A handful more horsepower & torque in a smaller package will deliver big fun, and the mpg may push 50 mpg, smashing the best hybrids available to normal humans. The color schemes need some consideration, though. Red fades. Black shows scratches and road dust. White shows every speck of exhaust dust and attracts lovebugs (huge issue in Florida). How about a nice VW blue, or a more sophisticated silver or bronze metallic? The Golf is supposed to be an understated performer for the smarter-than-thou driver, not a Camaro. And let's save the silly electronic gimcrackery for Europe, too. We don't need no stinkin' "parking assist" here. Bring it, VW. Americans will buy it.
        DeathKnoT
        • 1 Year Ago
        @DirkGently
        You should see mpg go up as soon as they switch to a scr system. Look at the US passat tdi. It gets better mpg than the current golf and jetta tdi. Scr which allows the engine to be tuned to be a diesel again.
          DirkGently
          • 1 Year Ago
          @DeathKnoT
          That's sounds exciting. I've already read the new MQB archtecture could be good for a 20% improvement in mileage. Maybe the U.S. will increase its diesel refining capacity at some point here as well. I don't think even "clean" diesel has to cost more than premium gas. Something I think people -- maybe Americans in particular -- don't seem to factor in with great mileage these newer diesels get is *range*. I drive a fairly efficient gasoline 4 cyl, but it only goes about 230 miles between fill ups. Our Sportwagen TDI gets 400-500 miles per tank. That's a lot of flexibility as to where and when to stop on a roadtrip, more peace of mind, and just more convenience. It's a "superpower" for a car, as much as good handling, braking and acceleration.
          Proghog
          • 1 Year Ago
          @DeathKnoT
          @DirkGently Combine that with road taxes on fuel does not help. I get to see some of the highest gas prices in the US living in CT.
      canuckcharlie
      • 1 Year Ago
      The green MKVI GTD they brought over here to test the waters has received a lot of positive response...so there\'s a good chance VW will bring this one. fingers crosses...
        dss10
        • 1 Year Ago
        @canuckcharlie
        I wish they would but I don\'t think so..... The VVW/Audi US/CN marketing strategy has been based on limiting the product line and \"bloating\" the base options so that they can maximize per unit profit at the expense of incremential sales. They may make more money this way but we as consumers really aren\'t getting all of the product choices that we really want. I know the PR BS line they give to autoblog and the like is that and except a fully loaded sedan or SUV \"will not sell\" but in fact they make no attempt to either market or incent dealers to sell anything but their most generic products at the highest prices....
      _mc
      • 1 Year Ago
      pedals are still hanging from above instead of the ones in the golf 6 standing on the floor. huge step backwards..
        thequebecerinfrance
        • 1 Year Ago
        @_mc
        Yeah, that's a big downer. I would never buy a car with pedals like that. Oh wait, nope , don't care.
        Lachmund
        • 1 Year Ago
        @_mc
        pedals?! you mean the gas pedal?! are you serious?
        SloopJohnB
        • 1 Year Ago
        @_mc
        Only if you've never had to R&R a set of floor-mounted beetle pedals. They. Rust.
        DeathKnoT
        • 1 Year Ago
        @_mc
        This MQB and guess what never changes. You got it, the pedals.
      xspeedy
      • 1 Year Ago
      Of course it won't come Stateside.
      RetrogradE
      • 1 Year Ago
      I used to be hot to trot on diesels, but the more I read the less I like them (here in 'Merica). My MKVI GTI gets 33mpg on the freeway. Premium Unleaded costs less than diesel, and the gassers cost less to maintain over the long run. Maybe if I could see a diesel hybrid. . .
        DeathKnoT
        • 1 Year Ago
        @RetrogradE
        Direct injection gas engines will have just the same expense as diesel's. The big cost of diesel's is the injection system. Gasoline direct injection will also cost a fair bit to replace when they eventually have to be. It may be a tad cheaper than Diesel versions but i doubt by much.
          montoym
          • 1 Year Ago
          @DeathKnoT
          I always say that too. Gas engiens are basically now catchign up to where diesel engiens hav ebeen for decades now with direct injection, high pressure fuel systems, and high compression. To expect that a gas engine will soemhow be cheaper when it's using a lot of the same designs, is just being ignorant to the technology IMO. For instance, wasn't BMW having issues with HPFP's on their 3.0 Turbo I-6?
          montoym
          • 1 Year Ago
          @DeathKnoT
          Man, I really should have prrofread that, my typing is horrendous. You get my point though I'm sure.
      Awhattup
      • 1 Year Ago
      this actually looks good
      AngeloD
      • 1 Year Ago
      How much for the extended warranty?
      SloopJohnB
      • 1 Year Ago
      7.5 is still quicker than old Saab turbos and I recall moving past many cars going uphill on the interstate with my Saab turbo. It was quick enough. This level of performance with diesel mileage bodes well for VW. Let's hope it's not priced out of the market.
      mikeybyte1
      • 1 Year Ago
      The new "Em Kay Vee Eye Eye". They are using Lincoln naming standards now.
        Paul
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mikeybyte1
        Mark Seven - as in the 7th generation Golf.
        MHong
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mikeybyte1
        LOLOL way to reveal your ignorance by trying to make some bad joke
      Cameron Huntsucker
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is EXACTLY what I've been waiting for to replace my Mazda3 wagon. Please please please! The TDI is just too boring for me!
        montoym
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Cameron Huntsucker
        So, customization is not an option? I've seen many Golfs in my life that look way sportier and more agressive than a lot of GTI's. It's all in what you want to do with it and the VW aftermarket community is huge. If you want to do it, more than likely someone already makes it.
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