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Volkswagen Reveals the New Golf GTD

The Mk7 Golf GTD is able to improve on both performance and economy compared to its predecessor.

Volkswagen has announced the hottest diesel version they will produce of the new Golf. Details and photos have been shown before its official launch at Geneva next month.

Set to go on sale in summer, the GTD's bonnet will house a familiar 2 litre 4 cylinder oil burner, which offers up 181bhp at 3,500rpm and 280lb-ft between 1,750 and 3,250rpm. Thanks to some modifications, such as lightweight pistons, the EA288 engine is 13 horse power and 22lb-ft up on the EA287 unit in the Mk6 GTD.

Power is sent through VW's 6 speed manual gear box as standard, while the slick and impressive DSG 'box is an option to buyers. This will doubtless be quicker and more economical on paper, but even so, the the manual permits a claimed 0-60 time of 7.5 seconds and a top speed of 143mph. This represents an improvement of 0.6 seconds and 5mph respectively.

As is the case with modern performance diesel motors, this attractive performance doesn't come at the expense of more fuel. Weighing in at just 1302kg, the GTD claims 67.3mpg on the combined cycle. We don't know about you, but any car which can hit 60 in under 8 seconds and still return over 60mpg deserves a top of our hat. This impressive figure also translates into just 109 grams of CO2 per km. Considering the Mk6 claimed 53.7mpg and 139g/km, the new model is significantly greener and shows the evolution of fuel-saving technology in just a few years.

The new GTD is distinguished from other standard seventh-generation Golf models by a series of mild styling tweaks, some of which are shared with the new GTI Included are re-profiled bumpers, wider sills under the doors, more prominent spoiler above the tailgate, a diffuser element at the rear, chromed tailpipe and standard 17-inch alloy wheels shod with 225/45 profile rubber. It also rides on sports suspension.

Inside, the most powerful diesel powered Golf to reach series production receives sport seats, a black headlining, sports steering wheel, stainless steel pedals and foot rest as well as various GTD-themed trims.

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