Volkswagen revealed Golf GTD for Europe, basically a GTI diesel

Last week, Volkswagen pulled the sheets off of one of the latest additions to the Golf lineup: the all-new oil-burning Volkswagen Golf GTD. If you thought that judging by the “GTD” moniker that this is just a GTI with a diesel engine, you judged correctly.

Volkswagen first began offering a GTD in European markets in 1982 and has since then been doing so. We’ve just rarely heard of it because we’ve never received one.

Powering the all-new Volkswagen Golf GTD is an updated turbocharged four-banger that’s good for 184hp and 280 lb-ft of torque. It can either come with a six-speed manual or six-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic.

Volkswagen didn’t say if the US will be receiving a version, but with Volkswagen AG slowly trickling more diesel passenger cars into the US market, there’s still a slight chance we could see a diesel GTI. The Golf GTD will go on sale in Germany starting at just 29,350 euros.

For full details, check out the press release after the jump.


Extremely fuel efficient, but extremely sporty – it is these attributes that have excited fans of the Volkswagen Golf GTD over the past three decades. At the 2013 Geneva International Motor Show, Volkswagen is presenting the latest version of this extreme athlete whose 135 kW / 184 PS TDI engine already complies with the challenging EU-6 emissions standard today.

The first VW Golf GTD in 1982 revolutionised the segment of compact diesel passenger cars with its turbodiesel, sporty tuning and its customised features in the style of the Golf GTI. It is being followed up this year by the most powerful “GTD” ever that is based on the seventh generation Golf. With a power of 135 kW / 184 PS, the new VW Golf GTD can be recommended as a car that is as much a dynamic performer as a fuel-efficient long-distance touring car. In the version with a 6-speed manual gearbox, the 230 km/h Volkswagen consumes just 4.2 litres per 100 km; this combined fuel consumption equates to CO2 emissions of just 109 g/km. With the optional 6-speed DSG, fuel consumption is 4.7 l/100 km (two-door: 119 g/km CO2; four-door: 122 g/km CO2). Also impressive is its torque of 380 Nm, which is already available from 1,750 rpm.

Visually, the Volkswagen Golf GTD makes its appearance with its smoked LED rear lights with LED licence plate illumination and chrome dual tailpipes. 17-inch GTD wheels with 225/45 tyres, side sill trim, diffuser, sport suspension and a large roof spoiler round out the car’s overall dynamic impression.

Numerous distinctive GTD characteristics also mark the interior: along with top sport seats in tartan pattern (“Clark”), a black roofliner, sport steering wheel, stainless steel pedals and foot support, there are also a GTD gear shift grip, GTD trim strips and a GTD instrument cluster. Other features guarantee the necessary comfort on long trips; they include: progressive steering, white ambience lighting, automatic “Climatronic” climate control, ParkPilot front and rear, winter pack and “Composition Touch” radio system. Standard body colours offered for the Volkswagen Golf GTD are “Tornado Red”, “Black” and “Pure White”.

The new Golf GTD is available in Germany at an entry-level price of 29,350 euros, and orders begin on the 5th of March, 2013.

– By: Chris Chin