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