The flurry of Mk VII Golf GTD television ads by Volkswagen, which range from funny to hilarious, just make us want one that much more. The focus of these 30-second commercials is on the torque-rich performance of the hatchback's turbocharged 2.0-liter TDI diesel engine, which has a stump-thumping 280 pound-feet of torque on hand. That's enough torque for some harmless mischief, if you're to believe the commercials, and, paired with 184 horsepower, enough for the oil-burning Golf performance model to go from 0-62 miles per hour in about 7.5 seconds.

Volkswagen's performance-first approach in its ads for the economical GTD is refreshing, and it reminds us of another commercial from Chevrolet. Do we see a trend starting here?

The saddest part is that we will likely have to wait a couple more years before the GTD arrives on our shores as a 2016 model, slotted between the petrol-powered GTI and the king of VW hatchbacks, the Golf R. Until then, scroll down and enjoy these amusing commercials.










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      creamwobbly
      • 1 Year Ago
      New muscle...? Casting them in this light, I can only hope that this opens the floodgates for healthy competition from the other manufacturers, particularly Ford and Honda.
      • 1 Year Ago
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        Matt
        • 1 Year Ago
        Lucky for you it will be here for 2014.
          razorpit
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Matt
          As a 2016?? "The saddest part is that we will likely have to wait a couple more years before the GTD arrives on our shores as a 2016 model"
      Mr Sled
      • 1 Year Ago
      Love it, but 7.5 0-60 is still too slow to be selling the "Acceleration". GTI for me please.
        Xantia10000
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Mr Sled
        Dude, it's a diesel. They aren't ever fast with 0-60. But check out the 30-50 passing times - plus all that torque makes the car feel fast! There's more to driving than 0-60 figures. Especially in the US, when there's too much traffic to even take advantage of that :)
          The Wasp
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Xantia10000
          The ads clearly portray rapid acceleration from a stop. These ads are deceptive.
          Joe Liebig
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Xantia10000
          RIght. THESE ads are deceptive. Usually ads are all about truth, without any exaggeration.
      16X4ME
      • 1 Year Ago
      But will it go from Berlin to Warsaw in one tank?
      Dvanos
      • 1 Year Ago
      The Mk7 looks very promising in both GTi and GTD form too bad the US models will be built in Mexico. Ugh!!
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Dvanos
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        @Dvanos
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          Matt
          • 1 Year Ago
          I think he was alluding to the fact that the Golf used to be built in Wolfsburg, Germany.
      superchan7
      • 1 Year Ago
      How's the reliability of VW TDI engines? After a B5 Passat, I'll never touch a gasoline VW again, not even with a pole.
        Jeremiah White
        • 1 Year Ago
        @superchan7
        Pretty darn good. I've got a 200 Golf with over 200k that has only had maintenance on it. Still drives like new.
        Joe Liebig
        • 1 Year Ago
        @superchan7
        It is all about keeping to the service intervals ...
        razorpit
        • 1 Year Ago
        @superchan7
        I love my B5.5 . Sounds like you were a .5 off from having a great experience...
      The Wasp
      • 1 Year Ago
      Awesome. I love how they equate a very respectable torque figure with impressive acceleration even though this car is actually a pretty good example of how divergent those measurements can be. Das auto right there. /s
        Matt
        • 1 Year Ago
        @The Wasp
        So 0 to 60 may not be what you want but 60 to 100? Highway passing speeds is where this car's torque will be apparent.
          The Wasp
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Matt
          I haven't seen those times (have you?) but I'd be glad to compare them.
          jtmoyer99
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Matt
          I haven't seen those times either, but Motor Trend lists 45-65 mph passing times for the 2010 GTI and TDI. GTI did it in 3.0 seconds and TDI in 4.5 (Mazdaspeed 3 in 2.7). I'm going to bet the performance gap in the new GTI and GTD will be similar, even though they will both be faster.
      2003gliguy
      • 1 Year Ago
      so I am not impressed. My 2.0 LHU powered Regal GS has 290lb tq and 270hp and the same displacement...and I can run regular 87 gas rather than inflated diesel. I love diesels, but with 290 tq at 1900 rpm the Regal motor is the winner here. The only downfall is weight...and that was corrected with the Verano at just over 3200 lbs
        Carac
        • 1 Year Ago
        @2003gliguy
        And your Regal GS gets mid to high-40s MPG?...because the GTD does...
      Jarda
      • 1 Year Ago
      being a Ford fan it makes me sad to say this but VW has probably the best ads around... usually those from FoMoCo are rather lame anyways, not like it would convince me to buy a car from VW :P Mondeo
      Rollk
      • 1 Year Ago
      should've marketed the idea of having that performance for a longer distance
      Sasha
      • 1 Year Ago
      4 was funny, the rest sucked.
      Porschetr
      • 1 Year Ago
      That's a nice color.
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