Volkswagen introduced today the Golf 7 GTD ahead of the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. The new car is powered by a 2.0-liter TDI engine delivering 184 PS (135 kW) and 380 Nm (280 lbs ft) of torque at 1,750 to 3,250 rpm. The engine is mated to a six-seed manual garbox as standard, but as an option the German manufacturer offers a six-speed DSG, which deliver the power to the front wheels.
Regarding the performances, the Golf 7 GTD is able to hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in 7.5 seconds and has a top speed of 230 km/h or 142 mph. Still, the Golf 7 GTD needs only 4.2 litres per 100 km, which 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). Regarding the design, the Golf GTD comes with smoked LED rear lights with LED licence plate illumination and chrome dual tailpipes. Moreover, the Golf 7 GTD features 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.
The sporty theme is continued also at the interior the vehicle comes with sport seats in tartan pattern (“Clark”), a black roofliner, sport steering wheel, stainless steel pedals and foot support, 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 Golf GTD are “Tornado Red”, “Black” and “Pure White”. Pricing starts at 29,350 euros in Germany and orders begin on the 5th of March.
The rear section of the Volkswagen Golf GTD comes with smoked LED lights that have white trim strips incorporated to it. These trim strips are at the same level as that of the tornado line of the vehicle’s reversing lights. Other features on this section include the dual chrome tailpipes that have been mounted on the left side with the roof edge spoiler that is GT-specific and have lateral aerodynamic components on the windscreen in the rear.
All of these different features combined plus the GTD badge make this model the most athletic Golf fitted with a TDI engine. In addition, customers can request to have the rear windows to have factory-installed rear glass with 90% tinting rather than 65%. This is a first for a GT model. VW is offering a sound actuator as an option and according to the brand was developed exclusively for the Golf GTD.
This helps put more acoustic focus on the TDI engine. Through the profile selector, the driver can choose the mode and the engine speed. Note that this option has coupled with the sound actuator. Controlling this is the CAN bus which produces that comforting sound, either under the Normal mode or the Eco mode. This also gives out a louder and more powerful sound with the Sport mode.
The sound of the engine is channeled into the actuator that has been integrated with the engine compartment. This same sound is then routed to the inside through the windscreen. After than it is then experienced as a sound created from the outside using the exhaust system. It is important to note that the sound cannot be heard on the outside. Since the sound becomes quieter the faster the GTD goes, long journeys remain to be comfortable.
Much like the Golf GTI, the Golf GTD will come with the bi-xenon headlights having the cornering lights included as standard. Further, whereas the GTI’s front section has a trim strip in red, the GTD instead has that trim strip in an elegant and modest chrome.
The chrome trim strip not only extends to the headlights but also divides the front section into two areas. The upper region has the daytime LED running light having those bi-xenon elements with the lower region revealing the turn indicators. Under this feature is a bumper that has clearly been designed for GT models.
It will have air guide elements that come in gloss black with the lower portion of the radiation grille insert revealing a black honeycomb structure. As an option, customers can have the fog lights with LED incorporated on the left and right. The Golf GTD will be manufactured at a facility located in Wolfsburg.