Volkswagen has announced the range-topping diesel version of the Golf Mk7 before the car debuts in Geneva next month.
It comes with a 4-cylinder, 2.0-liter transversely-mounted common rail engine producing 181 HP at 3,500 rpm and 379 Nm of torque between 1,750 and 3,250 rpm. Compared to the previous model, the Mk7 GTD is 13 hp and 30 Nm more powerful.
Power is sent to front wheels through a standard 6-speed manual gearbox or an optional dual-clutch 6-speed DSG. With the former, the 2013 Golf GTD sprints to 100 km/h in 7.5 seconds (0.6s quicker than before) and reaches a top speed of 230 km/h, whereas the Mk6 GTD topped at 222 km/h.
In the combined cycle, the new GTD returns 4.1 liters / 100 km and a CO2 emissions of 109 g/km. For comparison, the old one returned 5.2 liters / 100 km with CO2 emissions of 139 g/km.
With the new revolutionary MQB platform, the new car weighs at just 1,302 kg and comes with a standard 17-inch alloys wrapped in 225/45 tires and rides on a sports suspension. Compared to the standard Golf, the GTD version has different front bumpers and front fascia with blacked-out grille, a more prominent spoiler above the tailgate, wider sills, chromed tailpipe and a diffuser while rocker panel extensions and smoked LED taillights finish off the visual changes. The GTD will only be offered in three exterior colors: Tornado Red, Black and Pure White. Inside, it has flat-bottomed steering wheel, plaid seat inserts, stainless steel pedals and ambient lighting.
Buyers in Germany can get their hands on this car in June with a starting price of 29,350 euros (RM 120,926), which will include standard features such as park assist and a touch-screen infotainment system.