It’s the diesel Volkswagen Golf GTI!

22 February, 2013 | by Vijay Pattni

Interesting fact alert! The first ever Golf GTD premiered in 1982, a year in which Bucks Fizz’s Land of Make Believe spent two weeks at the top of the singles charts.

And it might have seemed like ‘make believe’: a diesel GTI? Well, yes. And today, Volkswagen has revealed the new one, based on the new Golf Mk VII, and headed for the Geneva Motor Show next month.

The frugally minded among you might be interested to know that this new Volkswagen Golf GTDis capable of returning some 24km/l on the combined cycle with emissions pegged at just 109g/km of CO2. But that’s not interesting, is it? What’s interesting is the fact this new Golf GTD is the most powerful GTD…in the world.

It’s got a 134kW 2.0-litre diesel engine with 379Nm of torque, which Volkswagen reckons is good for a 0-100km/h time of 7.5 seconds and a top speed of 230km/h. OK, so it’s not going to set your pants on fire, but they might certainly become very warm. Consider the old Golf GTI had 154kW and went from 0-100km/h in 7.2 seconds, and we declared that car ruddy good indeed.

It’s front-wheel-drive, obviously, and you can choose a six-speed manual gearbox or Vee-Dub’s rather excellent DSG six-speeder. On the outside, Volkswagen has decorated the GTD with smoked LED rear lights, chromed exhaust pipes, 17-in GTD wheels, a diffuser, and a large roof spoiler. Underneath, we’re told there’s sports suspension too. That’s nice.

Inside, you get the classic tartan pattern seats, a sports steering wheel, GTD trim strips and instrument cluster, automatic climate control, ‘ParkPilot’ and a half decent stereo. And you can have it in any colour you like, so long as those colours are red, black or white.

The last GTD we drove lacked the bite of a proper hot hatch – reckon VW has got it right with this one?


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