The most powerful diesel Golf VII comes with a four-cylinder, 2.0-liter engine delivering 181 bhp (135 kW) and 280 lb-ft (379 Nm). Volkswagen says it can do the 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) sprint in 7.5 seconds but the video below shows the run is completed in 7.17 seconds (with room for improvement). Top speed has increased from Golf VI GTD's 138 mph (222 km/h) to 143 mph (230 km/h) thanks to an extra 13 bhp (9.6 kW) and 22 lb-ft (30 Nm).
Compared to the Golf VII GTI, the GTD model doesn't have the red trim on the front grille and in the headlights, while the alloys have a slightly different design. The GTD is also more economical as it can return 56 mpg US (67.3 mpg UK or 4.1 liters / 100 km) whereas the GTI will do 39.2 mpg US (47 mpg UK or 6.0 liters / 100 km).
Topping the Volkswagen Golf VII lineup will be the R version due next year which is rumored to have somewhere in the region of 300 bhp (224 kW).