Volkswagen Golf VII GTD revealed ahead of Geneva arrival

2013 Volkswagen Golf GTD
2013 Volkswagen Golf GTD

With 181 hp

Volkswagen has announced the range-topping diesel version of the Golf VII before the car debuts in Geneva next month.

Following an early reveal of the e-Golf yesterday, Volkswagen is showing the most powerful diesel version of the new Golf which will go on sale this summer. It comes with a 4-cylinder, 2.0-liter transversely-mounted common rail mill producing 181 hp (135 kW) at 3,500 rpm and 280 lb-ft (379 Nm) of torque between 1,750 and 3,250 rpm. Compared to the previous model, the Golf VII GTD is 13 hp (9.6 kW) and 22 lb-ft (29.7 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 62 mph (100 km/h) in 7.5 seconds (0.6s quicker) and reaches a top speed of 143 mph (230 km/h), whereas the Golf VI GTD topped at 138 mph (222 km/h).

In the combined cycle, the new Golf GTD returns 56 mpg US (67.3 mpg UK or 4.1 liters / 100 km) and has CO2 emissions of 109 g/km. The old one returned 44.3 mpg US (53.3 mpg UK or 5.2 liters / 100 km) with CO2 emissions of 139 g/km.

It weighs 1,302 kg (2,870 lbs) and comes with 17-inch alloys with 225/45 tires and rides on a sports suspension. Compared to the standard Golf, the GTD version has different bumpers, more prominent spoiler above the tailgate, wider sills, chromed tailpipe and a diffuser. On the inside it has stainless steel pedals, sports steering wheel, black headlining and sport seats.

Source: Volkswagen


• Combined European Cycle fuel consumption of 56 mpg with manual transmission
• New EA288 four-cylinder TDI® engine makes 184 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque
• Manual version accelerates from 0 to 62 mph in 7.5 seconds

Wolfsburg, Germany -  Over the past three decades, fans of the Golf GTD have been excited by the car’s combination of fuel efficiency and sporty performance and looks. At this year’s Geneva International Motor Show, Volkswagen debuts the latest version of this fuel-sipping sporty compact, which features a 184-hp version of the new EA288 TDI turbocharged, direct-injection, four-cylinder diesel engine that already complies with the challenging EU-6 emissions standard. 

The first Golf GTD in 1982 revolutionized the sporty compact segment with its turbodiesel engine, sporty demeanor, and its GTI-style features. This year’s GTD is the most powerful ever and is based on the seventh-generation Golf. 

With184 horsepower and an impressive 280 pound-feet of torque that’s delivered from just 1750 rpm, the new Golf GTD combines the dual roles of highly efficient long-distance tourer and dynamic backroad performer. When equipped with the six-speed manual transmission, the GTD has an EC combined fuel economy figure of 56 mpg, some feat considering the car can also reach a top speed of 143 mph. This combined fuel consumption figure equates to CO2 emissions of just 109 g/km. With the optional six-speed DSG® dual-clutch automatic transmission, the combined fuel consumption is 50 mpg. 

Visually, the Golf GTD makes a statement through smoked LED taillights with LED licence-plate illumination; chrome dual tailpipes;17-inch GTD wheels with 225/45 tires; a lowered sport suspension; and body enhancements that include side skirts, a rear diffuser, and a large roof spoiler. 

The interior is also marked out by numerous distinctive GTD features, such as sport seats with a tartan pattern (“Clark”), black headliner, a sport steering wheel, stainless-steel pedals and foot rest, a GTD shifter grip, and a model-specific instrument cluster. Standard features include white ambience lighting, “Climatronic” automatic climate control, park assist, and Volkswagen’s latest touchscreen infotainment system. 

The GTD will be offered in three colors: “Tornado Red”, “Black”, and “Pure White”. The car goes on sale in Germany in June with a base price of 29,350 euros. 


Market launch in Europe: June 2013
Debut of first Golf GTD generation: 1982
Engine: Four-cylinder TDI (turbocharged direct-injection diesel) 
Layout: Front transverse 
Displacement: 1968 cc 
Bore x stroke: 81.0 x 95.5 mm
Compression ratio: 15.8:1
Power: 184 hp (135 kW) at 3500-4000 rpm
Torque: 280 lb-ft (380 Nm) at 1750 rpm
Transmission/drive type: Manual six-speed; 
DSG six-speed dual-clutch automatic; front-wheel drive.
EC combined fuel consumption/CO2 emissions (manual): 56 mpg; 109 g/km CO2
Performance (manual): 0-62 mph in 7.5 sec; Max speed; 143 mph
Unladen weight: 3036 pounds (base version)
(* preliminary data)

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Comments (10)

Cohiba-lover06 Cohiba-lover06
Range topping, yes. Tech topping:, no. Why not use the available 7sp. DSG, for starters? Or the limited slip diff?
Feb 21st, 2013 2:41pm
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edd_lg edd_lg
Why would you want an automatic when you can get a manual ?
Feb 21st, 2013 5:06pm
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MaT7eY MaT7eY
Because he thinks that if he can't drive a stick shift , none of us can.
Feb 21st, 2013 5:52pm
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Cohiba-lover06 Cohiba-lover06
One word: efficiency. If I were to buy a Golf Diesel (and I am not) the high torque and power lends itself to drive it with a double clutch (!) transmission. Otherwise go with the GTi. GTD are mainly commuter cars in stop and go traffic. I got enough stick shift cars for w/e fun and track/open road driving.
Feb 21st, 2013 6:22pm
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edd_lg edd_lg
You can get a normal Golf diesel if all you want is to commute, you don't need a GTD.
Feb 22nd, 2013 2:44pm
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amhirst amhirst
The 7 speed transverse DSG is only rated for about 250Nm of torque, it can't handle the torque of the GTD. The 6 speed DSG with the wet multi plate clutches is much more robust
Feb 22nd, 2013 11:50pm
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jimcbride jimcbride
Since 2010 there is also a more robust 7-spd DSG that will support up to 370 lb. ft., called the DQ500.
Mar 21st, 2013 1:05am
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Feb 21st, 2013 12:14pm
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DavidFlynn DavidFlynn
you have your mustangs and pickup trucks lol no golfs for you
Feb 21st, 2013 12:42pm
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Ness7 Ness7
Perfect Car. Really, a GTD version is a car to buy if you are looking for this segment. Truly a great performance for 2.0 diesel, great acceleration and consumption too. a last year's GTD just got better I think. Respect.
Feb 21st, 2013 11:52am
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