2013 VW Golf GTD Impresses

The  latest Golf GTD  is set to be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March.

Back in the early 1980s Volkswagen was something of a pioneer launching the first Golf GTD that was based on the ever popular VW Golf GTi Sporty Hatchback, the first GTD model combined the sporty looks and tuning of Golf GTI with the fuel efficiency and reliability of a diesel car. The latest incarnation of the Golf GTD further improves the fusion of fuel efficiency and performance.

 

Performance

Volkswagen figures show the new VW Golf GTD 6 speed manual 2.0-litre turbodiesel model achieves 0-62mph in 7.5sec with a top speed of 143mph. Compared with it’s predecessor, the 6th generation Golf GTD based model of 0-62 in 8.1sec and 138mph respectively. In addition to the 6 speed manual there is also a six-speed dual-clutch DSG model available as an option.

 

Efficiency

Volkswagen figures show an admirable fuel economy of 67.3mpg (combined), giving the new performance GTD diesel average CO2 emissions of 109g/km – so further improvements of 14.0mpg (combined fuel economy) and 30g/km (CO2 emissions) on the previous Golf GTD.

 

Styling (Exterior}

The Golf GTD is distinguished from the other seventh generation golf models with a number of styling options, many which it shares with the new Golf GTi. It sports LED rear lights, a LED licence-plate illumination and along with chrome dual exhausts. The car also gets 17-inch alloy wheels, re-profiled bumpers, wider sills under the doors and a more prominent spoiler, all this combined gives the GTD a sportier look than ever before.

 

Styling (Interior)

Distinctive GTD features include  tartan sports seats, a black rooflining,  a sports steering wheel, stainless steel pedals and there is also a GTD-specific gear stick as well as other  various GTD-themed trims and an instrument cluster. 

 

Comfort

The new VW Golf GTD boasts climate control,  progressive steering, white ambiance lighting,  front and rear parking sensors and VW's winter pack which includes heated seats and headlight washers.