The 2014 Volkswagen Golf GTD has officially bowed at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. Engineers managed to squeeze an additional 14 horsepower and 22 pound-feet of torque out of the familiar 2.0-liter turbodiesel four-cylinder engine, nudging total output to 184 hp and 280 lb-ft for 2014. The figures are good enough to earn the GTD the honor of being the most powerful diesel Golf in Volkswagen history. A start/stop system helps improve efficiency over the previous generation with the new model consuming 56 miles per gallon on the EU cycle. That's up from the 2013 model's 46 mpg. A six-speed manual transmission is standard equipment, though a six-speed dual-clutch gearbox is also available.

The GTD also offers buyers a few aesthetic tweaks to help separate the hatch from its less potent siblings. Those include a more aggressive front fascia, special badges and 17-inch alloy wheels. Expect to find the GTD in one of three exterior colors, including Tornado Red, Black and Pure White. Check out the quick press release below for more details.

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4.2 litres and 109 g/km CO2

– world premiere of the Golf GTD

The GTD has been the long-distance express in the Golf range for 31 years – in a fascinating way, it combines driving fun with perfect sense, sports car performance with supermini consumption. Based on the seventh Golf generation, Volkswagen now puts the GTD in the limelight, a car whose design again follows that of the Golf GTI closely. Both the GTD and the GTI will have their debut at the Geneva Motor Show in a world premiere!

With a torque that has been raised by 30 to 380 Nm and a performance boosted by 10 kW / 14 PS to 135 kW / 184 PS, the new Golf GTD has become the most powerful production Golf turbodiesel of all time. The TDI with 6-speed gearbox and coupled to a Stop/Start system consumes only 4.2 l/100 km (CO2 emissions: 109 g/km). This means a reduction by 0.9 litres or 25 g/km CO2 in comparison to the previous model. Optionally, Volkswagen offers the GTD with a 6-speed dual-clutch gearbox (DSG) – again, a fuel consumption of 4.5 l/100 km (CO2: 119 g/km) marks the diesel as a highly efficient car. Favoured by a performance weight of 7.6 kg/PS (including driver), the Golf GTD sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.5 seconds; at 230 km/h, it has reached top speed.


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      J.S
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is the car I'm waiting for. My current "hot hatch" is a 2002, and I haven't seen anything newer I like better. We have a 2011 Sportwagen TDI as well, and it's been great. Solid build, great handling balance, amazing mileage and range (mid 30s in town, high 30s-40 highway / 500+ miles). And the TDI engine is great. With "only" 142 hp / 236 torque, acceleration feels quite strong, especially in top-gear passing situations. I'm excited about the MQB architecture shaving weight and adding interior volume. A 184 hp version of the TDI motor in a smaller, lighter car with a hatchback's flexibility should make for the perfect combination of utility and driving fun.
        Steve1969
        • 1 Year Ago
        @J.S
        J.S., how many miles are on your TDI? I really love VWs (and Audis for that matter), but have been reluctant to get one due to build/quality/repair concerns. Thanks.
      Drezz
      • 1 Year Ago
      I saw the C&D item but then another site has asked VW as a follow-up and they say they're still considering. http://www.automedia.com/Blog/post/2014-Volkswagen-Golf-GTD-To-US-Not-A-Sure-Thing.aspx
      Christian L.
      • 1 Year Ago
      will buy this if it comes here
      cgm9999
      • 1 Year Ago
      Although I prefer the GTI, I couldn't possibly fault anyone for choosing a GTD. Seriously, when all things are considered (fun-to-drive, refinement, practicality, fuel efficiency, value) this has to be one of the most well rounded cars you could buy at any price. Almost Prius-like MPG, Audi-like refinement, GTI-like fun, diesel reliability and hatchback practicality make this car almost without fault.
        AngeloD
        • 1 Year Ago
        @cgm9999
        @ cgm9999: You lost me when you used the term \"reliability\" in a comment about a VW.
          PeterScott
          • 1 Year Ago
          @AngeloD
          @"TDIs do tend to be much better than their petrol counterparts" Predicted reliability at consumer reports shows the 2.5L Gas engine to be better than the TDI. If you think about it, the modern TDI is high pressure direct injected turbo, with an ultra complex emission system. The 2.5L gas engine is a simple non turbo, port injected, simple gas emission system. The myth of diesel engine durability/reliability harkens back to the 1970's engineered Mercedes non-turbo diesels with no emission system to speak of. That is nothing like the complexity of the modern TDI.
      Joeviocoe
      • 1 Year Ago
      Um... are only VW and Audis being shown at the Geneva Motor Show??? or is ABG a strict fan boy now?
        whatever
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Joeviocoe
        You're right, I'm sure a lot of VW's and Audi's make their debuts at the Tokyo Auto Salon rather than in Geneva, Switzerland...what was AB thinking?
        Quen47
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Joeviocoe
        Peugeots and Renaults are being shown too, but that's not as important as cars we might actually see in the US.
        JW
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Joeviocoe
        European automakers revealing their cars at a European auto show???? What's next, the Big 3 revealing their cars in Detroit???
      domingorobusto
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is getting to be a tempting proposition. ~45-50 miles per US gallon, plenty of zip, and I'm really liking the MKVII styling. And the TDIs tend to have a ton less problems than VWs other models, so reliability should even be great. If they bring a GTD manual wagon to America, I will almost certainly buy one.
        graphikzking
        • 1 Year Ago
        @domingorobusto
        I been clamoring for a damn start/stop cycle on non-hybrid cars for some time. The problem is the EPA doesn't factor that in at all for their test cycle so diesels will still show the same mpg on the crooked EPA test. Also, side note, 56mpg EU cycle - the Prius currently gets 72.4mpg on the EU cycle. So 77% of the Prius mpg = 38mpg combined. So figure a 35city / 45 highway with real world probably in the 36 city / 51highway.
          graphikzking
          • 1 Year Ago
          @graphikzking
          @ PeterScott. I think you misinterpreted my posted. The start/stop on the ENGINE. Meaning when you are sitting in urban traffic, your engine shuts off. The EPA doesn't take this into account (Mazda inquired on this back in 2011 - maybe they have changed since then but I haven't seen anything on it). If you stop the car 23 times in the city and sit for 30 second each, you could have saved 10 minutes of gas each time you drive 11 miles. That is a good bit of fuel saved. - They generally say you can save 10-15% of your fuel with a start/stop system if you drive and have multiple stops. Ford recently announced that its stop-start system, available on some 2012 cars and SUVs, has the real-world potential to boost fuel economy by “as much as 10 percent.” Mazda, more concerned with EPA results, says a 3 with i-stop gains only one-tenth of one percent on the EPA city cycle. Therefore, U.S. Mazdas will do without stop-start until it can be part of a worthwhile package of efficiency improvements. (The Japanese city-cycle test has 40 seconds of idling, so the cost of i-stop is justified there.) EPA - stated that start/stop would only gain1/10th of 1% .. really? Because when I sit in my car for 5 minutes I see my entire fuel mileage drop on the trip computer and never get back up to where I was originally. One of the sources: (But google "Does EPA take start/stop into account for mpg") http://www.caranddriver.com/features/engine-stop-start-systems-explained-tech-dept
          PeterScott
          • 1 Year Ago
          @graphikzking
          What am I misinterpreting. The test spends 18% of the time idling. If you have a start stop system, your engine will automatically shut off during that time and you will save a small amount of fuel. EPA doesn't have to do anything special to take it into account, it will automatically happen during idle time. The problem is that manufacturers want EXTRA credit beyond a realistic assessment.
          PeterScott
          • 1 Year Ago
          @graphikzking
          "start/stop cycle on non-hybrid cars for some time. The problem is the EPA doesn't factor that " That is a myth. Check the EPA city test: http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/fe_test_schedules.shtml 23 stops in 11 miles. A full 18% of the time is spent idling. That means up to 18% of the time they could have the engine off. Which seems very reasonable. It is just that the Euro test gives it an unrealistic bonus for having start/stop. What do you really think start stop is going to do in the real world? You have to idle a hell of a long time to change your mileage by even 1 MPG in the real world.
          PeterScott
          • 1 Year Ago
          @graphikzking
          Also those claims by Mazda are nonsense. There are 23 stops in the EPA test, it is spends more than 5 minutes idling.
        PeterScott
        • 1 Year Ago
        @domingorobusto
        @graphikzking "When it spends the 5 minutes idling during the 23 stops - the EPA treats a start/stop car as running at idle instead of being turned off. " I don't get where your epic comprehension fail is coming from. The EPA does no such thing. How do you even propose they would do that? The test has 23 stops. If you have an idle-Stop system or a Hybrid, the engine Shuts OFF. PERIOD. The EPA doesn't treadthybrids/idle-stop/regular cars differently. They run the test. If the engine turns itself on/off at stops, then it saves fuel when that happens. Look for real world experiences with idle-stop. Consumer reports tested it on a BMW, enabling the feature only gained 1 MPG. You are falling for propaganda from car makers who actually do want special treatment because they have idle-Stop. They want more EPA credit than they feature deserves.
      Christian L.
      • 1 Year Ago
      i agree with the other comment that i wont buy a VW unless its either made in japan or germany because my 2003 Jetta 1.8t that was built in Mexico had tons off issues
        Ajr Ajr
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Christian L.
        which VW is made in Japan?
        atc98092
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Christian L.
        My 03 Jetta was also a little troublesome, but my 06 was also Mexico built and I had almost no issues with it. Was seriously considering the new Passat, but ended up with a Tiguan (which isn\'t built in Germany either). Waiting to see what new product will be built in Tennessee. Hoping for a new TDI Tiguan. Otherwise I may go to Audi for the Q5 TDI.
      T.rack
      • 1 Year Ago
      Unfortunately another great car that won't make it to the land of the free
        Julio Arreaga
        • 1 Year Ago
        @T.rack
        I think I read somewhere that it is. Here: https://twitter.com/CARandDRIVER/status/308687516259725312
      rsxvue
      • 1 Year Ago
      Is it me or do those stock photos look like they came out of GT5/forza? At least make them look less computerized.
      blvdbrkndreams
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hope this gets sold in the U.S. Had a 2011 Golf TDI and loved it (though not as much as my 530xi wagon). Won't buy this unless its made in Wolfsburg. Won't buy a Mexican vw.
        crashkobra
        • 1 Year Ago
        @blvdbrkndreams
        Unfortuneatly it will be mexico. They just opened a brand new plant for the Golfs. The Jetta, Beetle and Sportwagen are already built there and they don't have bad build quality but i would rather it be german or US made
          Nick
          • 1 Year Ago
          @crashkobra
          GLI's have still been assembled in Mexico for the past 10 years, give or take. Same with Jetta TDI (except 2000-2005 wagon)
      Max Lu
      • 1 Year Ago
      Add 4motion and you have the most practical car for me.
      ferps
      • 1 Year Ago
      From what I understand, we'll get this in the US, but not until 2015.
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