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Volkswagen just announced pricing for its hot new diesel-engined GTI brother, the Golf GTD, at least in the UK. The new performance diesel will start at £21,850 RRP when it arrives in British dealerships on June 22. That MSRP is for the three-door, six-speed manual model. Add £585 for the five-door model and £1,305 for the six-speed DSG automatic gearbox, and the top rung begins at £23,740. That's well over $30k USD in a direct currency conversion, but we know it never works that way.

If and when it arrives Stateside, we hope VW can keep the price in the mid 20s. Actually we've heard from someone close to VW that says the GTD has popped up in the order screen at just below $22,000 for the three-door and $22,500 for the five-door model. Nothing official yet, but we'll be sure to keep you posted.

However many doors or whichever gearbox you choose, the new Mk VI Golf GTD will be powered by the new refined 2.0L (1,968 cc) common-rail TDI engine, churning out 170 PS (168 hp) and a healthy 258 ft-lbs of torque. Zero to 62 mph should come up in about 8.1 seconds on your way to a top speed of 138 mph. Not too shabby, especially when you consider it will have very good CO2 emissions (just 139 g/km) and average 53.3 mpg Imperial (44.4 mpg U.S.). That will give it a range greater than 640 miles on a single tank. That's a whole lot of smiles between fill-ups. More details in the press release after the jump.



[Source: Volkswagen]

Press Release

PRICING ANNOUNCED FOR NEW HOT DIESEL: THE VOLKSWAGEN GOLF GTD


Volkswagen has revealed pricing for its new performance diesel, the Golf GTD. The new model is available to order at Volkswagen Retailers now ahead of the cars arriving in the UK on 22 June.

Prices will start at £21,850 RRP 'on the road' for the three-door, six-speed manual model. There is a £585 premium for the five-door model and a £1,305 for the six-speed DSG automatic gearbox.

Powering the new GTD is a refined 2.0-litre (1,968 cc) common rail TDI engine, producing 170 PS and a substantial 258 lbs ft of torque channelled via a six-speed manual or automatic DSG gearbox. This translates to effortless performance with the ability to accelerate to 62 mph in 8.1 seconds and a top speed of 138 mph. Combined with CO2 emissions of just 139 g/km and average fuel consumption of 53.3 mpg and a range in excess of 640 miles on a single tank of fuel, the GTD is a frugal yet exciting hot hatch.

The Golf GTD's appearance differs significantly from the standard Golf. A new front bumper from the GTI sits below a honeycomb grille element framed by chrome horizontal fins and a prominent 'GTD' badge. At the rear, full body-coloured bumpers make the GTD appear lower and wider than it really is, while the Golf's standard wheels are replaced with unique 17-inch 'Seattle Black' alloys.

Inside, the main contact points are unique to the Golf GTD – a flat-bottomed steering wheel, a leather gearshift and a standard tartan interior. The tartan finish is unique to the GTD and is subtly different from that found in the GTI, being grey, white and black, rather than red, white and black.

As with the entire Golf range, the new GTD will feature class-leading levels of safety with ABS, ESP (Electronic Stabilisation Programme) and seven airbags, including for the first time a knee airbag, all standard. The Golf was recently awarded a maximum five-star rating by the EuroNCAP crash testing agency.

Details of pricing and environmental information are below.

New Golf GTD model line-up
and pricing

CO2 emissions, g/km

Fuel economy,
combined mpg

Price, £
(RRP OTR)

2.0-litre TDI 170 PS 6-spd manual 3dr

139

53.3

21,850

2.0-litre TDI 170 PS 6-spd manual 5dr

139

53.3

22,435

2.0-litre TDI 170 PS 6-spd DSG 3dr

147

50.4

23,155

2.0-litre TDI 170 PS 6-spd DSG 5dr

147

50.4

23,740

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