ACWWG: Volkswagen Golf GTD

This latest generation of the Volkswagen Golf has been available in Europe for a while and the automaker has been releasing each derivation one at a time. This GTD is the latest arrival. Yes D. This is the Golf Gran Turismo Diesel. As you may know, diesels are very popular in Europe (and around the globe really), and if we got this one here in the US, they might be more popular here. Volkswagen is selling more diesels in the US (even VW division Porsche sells a diesel here), so maybe we'll see this one or something like it. Probably more like "something like it" as a sportier Jetta diesel (which have been available here in the past). So this one falls into the Another Car We Won't Get (ACWWG) files which is why I chose to talk about it now as opposed to closer to on-sale dates for the regular Golf and GTI (late this year or early next year as a 2015 model). The VW GTD takes the GTI formula and throws diesel into the mix. What you get is a sporty sedan that gets good mileage, but handles (and looks) better than your normal run-of-the-mill diesel sedan. The GTD has a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo diesel that creates about 180 hp and 280 lb.-ft. of torque and hits sixty from a standstill in just over seven seconds. Transmission choices are either a manual or automatic dual-clutch gearbox (DSG). Special 17-inch “Curitiba” wheels, body kit, rear privacy glass, smoked LED rear lights, LED daytime running lights and bi-xenon elements, special badges, and a bumper designed specifically for the GT models with (optional) LED fog lights round out the exterior upgrades. Interior upgrades include sport seats upholstered with a classic GT tartan pattern ("Vienna" leather optional), automatic climate control system (Climatronic), Driver Alert System and Composition Touch radio system (including SD cart slot and AUX-IN interface), ambience lighting, and more are standard equipment. The GTS is a good-looking mix of sport and efficiency...too bad we won't see this model here (although we will get the look with the new GTI). You can get your GTD in any color you want as long as it's Black, Red, or White.

Source: Volkswagen - Press releases (2) and pics (5) after the jump.

Press Release:
Golf GTD – brief summary

  • New GTD is the long-distance express car of the Golf range
  • 230 km/h Golf GTD with new TDI consumes just 4.2 litres fuel per 100 km
  • New XDS+ and new progressive steering perfect the car’s handling
GTD – these three letters say it all. They stand for “Gran Turismo Diesel” – the long-distance express car of the Golf range. Now there is a new Golf GTD. With 135 kW / 184 PS, up to 380 Nm torque, a combined fuel consumption of just 4.2 l/100 km and CO2 emissions of just 109 g/km, this sporty and sharply designed GTD is more powerful, fuel-efficient and lower-emitting than ever. Compared to the previous model, it offers 14 more PS, 30 Nm more torque, 0.9 l/100 km less fuel consumption and a 25 g/km improvement in CO2 emissions. As an option, Volkswagen offers the GTD with an automatic dual-clutch gearbox (DSG); here too, a low fuel consumption value of 4.5 l/100 km (CO2: 119 g/km) shows the diesel to be a highly efficient car. In both gearbox versions, the new Golf GTD conforms to the Euro-6 emissions standard that takes effect in 2014.

GTD efficiency – new 2.0 TDI
Stop/start system and 7.5 seconds. This Golf is the first GTD to have a stop/start system on board as standard, and in battery regeneration mode it utilises deceleration phases to charge the battery. The 2.0-litre common rail turbo-diesel of the EA288 engine series was not only networked with these “BlueMotion Technologies”; it was also completely redesigned. The results: pure efficiency. The Golf GTD accelerates to 100 km/h in just 7.5 seconds. In fourth gear, this Volkswagen handles the classic overtaking manoeuvre (80 to 120 km/h) in a safe 6.0 seconds. Its top speed of 230 km/h (DSG: 228 km/h) demonstrates that it is a genuine sports car as well. The same applies to its noted maximum torque of 380 Nm, which is available at a constant value from 1,750 to 3,250 rpm.

GTD Performance – XDS+ and progressive steering
Superior handling properties. Attributes of its special position as a sporty car also include standard features such as the further advanced XDS+ vehicle dynamics function, progressive steering that is as direct as it is comfortable, sport suspension (15 mm lower) and 17-inch (“Curitiba”) wheels with size 225 tyres. This combination produces handling properties that advance into the range of high-class and high-priced sports cars.

Sound actuator and driving profile selector. An optional sound actuator exclusively developed for the Golf GTD can add acoustic emphasis to the work of the TDI. Based on the engine speed and mode of the selected driver profile selector  an option that is automatically paired with the sound actuator  is controlled via CAN bus and generates either a comfort-oriented sound (“Normal” and “Eco” modes) or a powerful and sonorous timbre (“Sport” mode). The engine noise is routed over the actuator integrated in the engine compartment and into the interior via the windscreen, and from there it is experienced as a sound generated from the outside via the exhaust system. However, it is actually inaudible outside of the car. The faster the GTD drives, the quieter the sound, so that long-distance comfort is unaffected.

GTD exterior – bi-xenon and LED rear lights are standard
Cornering lights in front spoiler. Like the new Golf GTI, the Golf GTD also leaves the factory in Wolfsburg with bi-xenon headlights including cornering lights as standard. While the front end of the Golf GTI sports a red painted trim strip, the GTD glistens with a trim strip in understated and elegant chrome. This chrome trim strip extends into the headlights and divides the front end into an upper area with LED daytime running lights and bi-xenon elements and a lower section with the turn indicators. Beneath this is the bumper designed specifically for the GT models with (optional) LED fog lights integrated on the right and left as well as air guide elements painted in gloss black and the lower radiator grille insert with its black honeycomb structure.

Privacy glass for rear seating area. At the rear, the smoked LED rear lights with integrated white trim strips at the height of the tornado line for the reversing lights, dual chrome tailpipes mounted on the left, GT-specific roof edge spoiler with lateral aerodynamic elements on the rear windscreen and GTD badge all make this car out as the sportiest Golf ever with a TDI engine. For the first time on the “GT models”, it is also possible to order rear windows with factory-installed rear glass that has 90 per cent instead of 65 per cent tinting. As for the Golf GTI, the selection of standard body colours for the new GTD includes the three classic GT body colours “Tornado red”, “Black” and “Pure White”.

GTD interior – ergonomically perfect
Sport seats with style. Passengers enter the passenger compartment over standard white illuminated stainless steel sill plates. The driver and front passenger sit down on sport seats upholstered with a classic GT tartan pattern fabric – which is called “Clark” in the GTD (and GTI). The seats of the GTI and GTD are identical in concept. In front, they are both equipped with height adjustment, a manual lumbar support and a pocket on the seatback. Their ergonomic properties are ideal. Visually, instead of the red coloured elements of the GTI, the GTD elements feature a melange of black, grey and white colour hues as well as chrome parts. A leather interior (“Vienna”) may be ordered as an option. A black roofliner rounds out the sporty ambience in an upward direction.

Touchscreen and ambience lighting.
Along with the automatic climate control system (Climatronic), Driver Alert System and Composition Touch radio system (including SD cart slot and AUX-IN interface), ambience lighting is also a standard feature. The pedal caps and foot rest made of brushed stainless steel, the three-spoke, multifunction leather-trimmed, flat-bottomed sport steering wheel (with aluminium accents), a GTD gear shift grip and the instrument cluster with extended adjustment options of the “Premium” multifunction display are all indicative of the exclusive-sporty flair aboard the new Golf GTD.

High-tech GTD – a systematic approach to assistance
Navigation with Google Earth™. The sporty long-distance icon is the first Golf GTD to launch with technologies - in addition to such systems as XDS+ and progressive steering –that include the Driver Alert System and Post-Collision Braking System as standard. Meanwhile, optional high-tech features include Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), the surroundings monitoring system Front Assist plus City Emergency Braking, Lane Assist lane-keeping assistant and the latest generation of DCC dynamic chassis control (including driver profile selector). Also new on-board is a 400 Watt sound system from Dynaudio that was customised for the model series. Another new option in the programme: Car Net for transmitting online information such as the Google Earth™ map service.

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Press Release:
New Golf GTD celebrates its world premiere in Geneva
  • Sporty long-distance Golf with 135 kW / 184 PS only consumes 4.2 litres of fuel per 100 km
  • Four-cylinder TDI engine of the Golf GTD complies with EU-6 emissions standard
Extremely fuel efficient, but extremely sporty – it is these attributes that have excited fans of the Golf GTD over the past three decades. At this year’s Geneva International Motor Show, Volkswagen is presenting the latest version of this extreme athlete whose 135 kW / 184 PS TDI engine already complies with the challenging EU-6 emissions standard today.

The first Golf GTD in 1982 revolutionised the segment of compact diesel passenger cars with its turbodiesel, sporty tuning and its customised features in the style of the Golf GTI. It is being followed up this year by the most powerful “GTD” ever that is based on the seventh generation Golf. With a power of 135 kW / 184 PS, the new Golf GTD can be recommended as a car that is as much a dynamic performer as a fuel-efficient long-distance touring car. In the version with a 6-speed manual gearbox, the 230 km/h Volkswagen consumes just 4.2 litres per 100 km; this combined fuel consumption 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). Also impressive is its torque of 380 Nm, which is already available from 1,750 rpm.

Visually, the Golf GTD makes its appearance with its smoked LED rear lights with LED licence plate illumination and chrome dual tailpipes. 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.

Numerous distinctive GTD characteristics also mark the interior: along with top sport seats in tartan pattern (“Clark”), a black roofliner, sport steering wheel, stainless steel pedals and foot support, there are also 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”.

The new Golf GTD is available in Germany at an entry-level price of 29,350 euros, and orders begin on the 7th of March.

Facts overview:
Market launch in Europe: First markets starting June 2013.
Debut of first Golf GTD generation: 1982.
Engine: Four-cylinder TDI (charged direct-injection diesel); Front transverse engine; displacement 1,968 cc; Bore/stroke: 81.0/95.5 mm; compression ratio 15.8:1.
Power: 135 kW / 184 PS at 3,500 to 4,000 rpm.
Torque: 380 Nm at 1,750 to 3,250 rpm.
Gearbox / drive type: Manual 6-speed gearbox; automatic 6-speed DSG; front-wheel drive.
Fuel consumption / CO2 emissions (manual): 4.2 l/100 km; 109 g/km CO2.
Driving performance (manual): 0-100 km/h in 7.5 s; V/max 230 km/h.
Unladen weight: 1,377 kg (basic version incl. driver [68 kg], luggage [7 kg] and 90 % filled fuel tank; calculated according to RL 92/21/EEC.
(* preliminary data)