Fancy another round of golf? Set to share Geneva floor space with the recently-announced Volkswagen e-Golf is the Volkswagen Golf GTD. Think of it as a Golf GTI with low diesel running costs. It’ll wear an entry-level price tag of €29,350 (RM120,300) when it’s launched in Europe in June.
The Mk7 Golf diesel range-topper is powered by a 2.0 litre common rail turbodiesel unit that pushes out 184 PS and 380 Nm of torque between 1,750 and 3,250 rpm. The century sprint is accomplished in 7.5 seconds, while top speed is 227 km/h.
Fuel economy/CO2 emissions are quoted as follows – six-speed manual: 4.2 litres per 100 km/109 grams per km, six-speed DSG: 4.7 litres per 100 km/119 grams per km (three-door) or 122 grams per km (five-door). Altogether, the new model is faster, lighter, more powerful and more fuel-efficient than the previous GTD.
The Volkswagen Golf GTD comes with smoked LED rear lights with LED licence plate illumination, along with chrome dual tailpipes, 17-inch alloys with 225/45 tyres, side skirts, a rear diffuser, sports suspension and a roof spoiler.
The tartan sports seats, black headlining, sports steering wheel and stainless steel pedals will be familiar from the GTI. There’s also a GTD-specific gear lever, trim strips and instrument cluster. Other features include progressive steering, white ambience lighting, Climatronic, front and rear parking sensors and a winter pack.