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2009-03-27 11:23
Regarded as being the "conceptual soulmate" of Volkswagen's hot hatch king GTI, the GTD is 125 kW and 350 Nm worth of turbodiesel fun.

The Golf GTD uses an all-new 16-valve four-cylinder 2.0-litre TDI motor to generate its power at 4 200 r/min and a thumping 350 Nm of torque between 1 750 and 2 500 r/min.

The motor's common rail system uses piezo in-line injectors for a metered fuel mix that the manufacturer assures will result in very quiet and smooth running diesel. The conversion to common rail technology and additional NVH developments, including a noise damping film in the windscreen, make this engine (again according to Volkswagen) among the quietest in its class.

But where the GTI makes its case on awesome power, the GTD will be sold on the awesome power with efficiency ticket - Volkswagen claims 5.6 l/100 km and a range of about a 1 000 km on a tank. It is also claimed that GTD produces just 139 g/km of CO2 emissions.

As with GTI, GTD can be fitted with an optional six-speed DSG, which will aid it in achieving a 0-100 km/h time of 8.1 seconds and a top speed of 220 km/h.

Although equipped with 17-inch Seattles, GTD bears a very close resemblance to GTI however the red horizontal stripes in the GTI's radiator grille are chrome on GTD.

The GTD also comes with a revised rear diffuser and twin tailpipes to the left of this diffuser. The car's engine sound is fine-tuned with the used of a "sound generator" for a more guttural, rather than clattering effect, especially in the lower engine speed ranges. This sound generator evaluates engine speed and vehicle speed data to tune the engine sound heard in the car's cabin…

Occupants will also enjoy the advantages of sports seats while the driver gets to toy with a flat-bottomed three-spoke leather steering wheel.  Interior accents are light grey.

Volkswagen SA told Wheels24 that the GTD will not be launched in South Africa. It attributes this decision mainly to diesel models, particularly performance models, not being strong performers in the passenger car segment.

However, fans of the GTI need not have to wait too much longer - the all-new model arrives in SA early in the third quarter of 2009.

Golf GTD premieres at the 2009 Auto Mobil International in Leipzig that runs from March 28 to April 5.


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