Interested buyers in the United Kingdom could now order the latest version of the Volkswagen Golf GTD that was unveiled at the Geneva International Motor Show in March. The new Golf GTD has a starting price of £25,285 on the road – just £310 more than the older model despite improvements in performance and equipment.
The new Golf GTD is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged common rail diesel engine (TDI) that provides up to 184 PS of output and 380 Nm (280 lbs ft) of torque from just 1,750 rpm. This power allows the new Golf GTD to accelerate from zero to 62 mph and it takes just 7.5 seconds to achieve a top speed of 142 mph while consuming just a gallon of fuel for every 67.3 miles and emitting 109 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer traveled.
With the optional six-speed DSG, the new Golf GTD has fuel consumption figures of 62.8 mpg and CO2 emission numbers of 119 g/km. This was the same numbers that the first generation Golf BlueMotion, rolled out in 2007, has registered, only that the new Golf GTD has more power and torque.
New Golf GTD features smoked LED rear lights with LED license plate illumination as well as standard bi-xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights. It also features chrome dual tailpipes, 18-inch ‘Nogaro’ alloy wheels with 225/40 tyres, side skirts, a rear diffuser, sports suspension and a large roof spoiler. Unique GTD features distinguish the interior of the vehicle.
The interior is laden with tartan ‘Jacara Grey’ sports seats, a black roof lining, sports steering wheel, and stainless steel pedals. It also comes with a GTD-specific gear lever, trim strips and instrument cluster. Standard features include progressive steering, white ambience lighting, 2Zone climate control and a touchscreen infotainment system that includes DAB digital radio, Bluetooth and iPod connectivity.
The new Golf GTD is also provided -- as standard -- with bi-xenon headlights, including cornering lights. The trim strip on the front end of the Golf GTD is finished in chrome, extending into the headlights. This chrome strip divides the front end into an upper section (with bi-xenon elements and LED daytime running lights) and a lower area (with the turn indicators).
Below is a bumper that Volkswagen designed exclusively for GT models and could be optionally be fitted with integrated LED fog lights. The bumper also comes with air guide elements (in gloss black) and a lower radiator grille insert with black honeycomb structure.
Down on the rear, the new Golf GTD features smoked LED rear lights with integrated white trim strips placed at the same height as the tornado line. The rear end also features dual chrome tailpipes, GT-exclusive roof edge spoiler with certain aerodynamic features on the rear windscreen. Likewise, the rear end of this version of the Golf is marked by a GTD badge, indicating that it is the sportiest Golf powered by a TDI engine.
Now, GT models could be specified with rear windows which rear glass has 90 percent tinting, instead of the usual 65 percent. Just like on the Golf GTI, the new GTD is available in three standard body colors: "Black," "Pure White" and "Tornado red."
Inside, the new Golf GTD features standard white illuminated stainless steel sill plates. The front occupants – the driver and front passenger – are treated to sport seats wrapped in classic GT tartan pattern fabric dubbed as "Clark" in the GTD and GTI. In concept, the seats of the GTI and GTD are identical as they are both equipped with a manual lumbar support, height adjustment as well as a pocket on the seatback.