As the new Volkswagen Golf GTI hits the road for the first time its sister car has been unveiled at the Leipzig Motor Show: the new diesel-powered Volkswagen Golf GTD.
The ability to accelerate to 62 mph in 8.1 seconds and a top speed of 136 mph are combined with average fuel consumption of 53.3 mpg and a range in excess of 650 miles on a single tank of fuel to create a hot hatch of the moment.
Lessons learned through the creation of the sixth generation GTI are applied to the new Volkswagen Golf GTD. Sharp responses and an agile chassis complement the car's substantial torque which is available from as low as 1,750 rpm.
Powering the new Volkswagen Golf GTD is a refined 2.0-litre (1,968 cc) common rail TDI engine, producing 170 PS and 258 lbs ft of torque. Driving through a six-speed manual or automatic DSG gearbox, this translates to effortless performance with CO2 emissions of just 139 g/km.
Maintaining the sharp responses expected of the Volkswagen Golf GTD is suspension lowered by 15 mm when compared to the standard Volkswagen Golf. In addition, Volkswagen's innovative Adaptive Chassis Control system (ACC), featuring pneumatically controlled damper units, can be specified on the Volkswagen Golf GTD. This allows the driver to select from normal, comfort or sport modes to define the desired suspension, steering and accelerator response settings for any particular journey.
The Volkswagen Golf GTD's appearance will differ significantly from that of the standard Golf's. It gains the Volkswagen Golf GTI's honeycomb grille, badge-style and front-end design, though with the addition of chrome rather than red highlights. At the back, full body-coloured bumpers make the GTD appear lower and wider than it really is, while the Volkswagen Golf's standard wheels are replaced with unique 17-inch 'Seattle Black' alloys. Inside, the main contact points are unique to the Volkswagen Golf GTD - a flat-bottomed steering wheel, a GTD gearshift and a standard tartan interior. The tartan finish is subtly different from that in the Volkswagen Golf GTI, being grey, white and black, rather than red, white and black.
As with the entire Volkswagen Golf range, the new Volkswagen Golf GTD will feature class-leading levels of safety with ABS, ESP (Electronic Stabilisation Programme) and seven airbags, including for the first time a knee airbag, all standard. The Volkswagen Golf was recently awarded a maximum five-star rating by the EuroNCAP crash testing agency.
UK buyers will be able to order a Volkswagen Golf GTD from the end of April 2009. Prices are yet to be confirmed but will start at under £22,000. The car will go on sale on 22nd June 2009 - exactly one month after the first Volkswagen Golf GTIs hit UK roads.
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