The German carmaker Volkswagen has announced the pricing for the Golf GTD, its latest performance diesel, to begin at 21,850 RRP for the 3-door, 6-speed manual version. The car will be hitting the UK on June 22 but is currently available to order at VW retailers. The five-door model comes with a 585 premium and 1,305 for the 6-speed DSG automatic.
Power under the hood for the new GTD is an enhanced 2.0 liter (1,968cc) common rail TDI unit that generates 170 PS and a significant 258 lb-ft of torque brought to the wheels through a 6-speed manual of automatic DSG.
The result is smooth performance with an acceleration capability of 0-62mph in 8.1 seconds with a speed maxing out at 138mph. In conjunction with carbon emissions of just 139g/km and average fuel economy of 53.3mpg with a range of more than 640 miles on one full tank of fuel the GTD is both a frugal and thrilling drive.
The exterior looks of the GTD is considerably distinct from the regular Golf with fresh bumpers at the front derived from the GTI sitting below a grill with honeycomb design surrounded by chrome horizontal fins and a standing out GTD logo.
At the back, the full body-colored bumper makes the GTD look lower and broader than it actually is, while the standard wheels of the Golf are substituted with special 17 inch Seattle Black alloys. The main contact points are unique to the Golf GTD and includes a steering wheel with flat bottom, leather gearshift and a tartan interior as standard.
The GTD's tartan finish is unique and is slightly distinct from that of the GTI, since it comes in grey, white and black, instead of red, whit and black.
Similar to the whole Golf range, the latest GTD will come with class-leading safety elements like ABS, ESP and a total of seven airbags, together with a knee airbag, which is a first, and all are standard on the car. The Golf was recently awarded the maximum five-star rating in crash tests by the EuroNCAP.