Volkswagen Golf GTD

The Mk5 Golf had a 170 PS hot diesel version powered by a 2.0 litre TDI diesel engine and it shared the twincharged 1.4 TSI petrol version’s Golf GT nameplate.

With the Mk6, Volkswagen brings back the GTD nameplate first used in 1982 for the fast oil burning counterpart to the Golf GTI, this time also with 170 PS and 350Nm of torque this time from as low as 1,750rpm – the Mk5 GT diesel started from 1,900rpm.

Volkswagen Golf GTD

When driven sedately, it sips only 5.6 litres of fuel per 100km when equipped with the 6-speed DSG twin clutch transmission (a 6-speed manual is also available), but if you really hammer the accelerator it hits 100km/h in 8.1 seconds, and a top speed of 222km/h (220 in the DSG).

Now while most diesel engines have more than enough horses and torque to justify being used in a sporty variant, the kind of sounds they put out doesn’t really compel you to wind down the windows when you storm through the Smart tunnel, etc.

Volkswagen actually uses a sound generator to modify the sound of the engine that is heard in the interior, especially at the low ends of the RPM range. Interesting.