Update: Volkswagen Golf GTD Review.
Volkswagen has officially revealed the full specifications for its diesel-powered GTI doppelganger which promises both performance and economy in one agile package.
The Golf GTD also marks the arrival of Volkswagen's highest-performance production Golf with a diesel engine today, carrying on the GTD legacy which begun 27 years ago.
The very first GTD revolutionised the diesel market with its turbocharged engine, paving the way for the breakthrough of the TDI - the direct-injection high-tech diesel of the Volkswagen Group.
This latest generation model boasts an advanced common rail TDI engine which is faster, more economical, cleaner and quieter than ever before.
The 2.0-litre TDI unit develops maximum power of 125kW and peak torque of 350Nm between 1,750 and 2,500rpm - equivalent to a specific torque figure of 177.8Nm per litre of displacement.
Coupled with either the standard six-speed manual or optional six-speed DSG, the Golf GTD completes the zero to 100km/h sprint in just 8.1 seconds with a top speed of 222km/h (220km/h for the DSG).
Despite its performance, the Golf GTD manages to consume just 5.6 litres of diesel per 100 kilometres on average with CO2 emissions of just 147g/km.
On the outside the Golf GTD is every bit as aggressive as the GTI, micking its petrol powered sibling almost identically but with a few subtle differentiating features.
The horizontal strips in the radiator grille are styled in chrome rather than the GTI's trademark red, while at the rear twin chrome tailpipes exit on the left side of the diffuser rather than a single tailpipe on either side, as is the case with the GTI.
Inside it's a similar story, with a full complement of GTI accessories including the black sports seats which are offset by a light gray diamond stripe pattern instead of red.
The flat-bottomed three-spoke sport steering wheel also features the GTD signature on the vertical spoke, while a multifunction wheel is also available which features integrated shift paddles for DSG models.
The comprehensive list of standard equipment on the Golf GTD includes dual-zone climate control system, reading lights in front and rear, multifunctional display "Plus" with trip computer, centre armrests, front and rear, two additional air vents and cup holders in the rear, pass-through cargo capability in the rear bench seat, an additional cargo bin in the trunk area and an RCD 210 radio system.
Standard safety features include ESP (with countersteer assist, braking assistant and trailer stabilization) and seven airbags, including a knee airbag on the driver's side.
As an option, Volkswagen is offering the same Bi-Xenon headlights on the Golf GTD as on the Golf GTI, including dynamic curve lighting which allows the headlights to swivel through bends.
Another high-end technology of the new Golf GTD is the optional "Park Assist" which can automatically manoeuvre the car into a reverse parallel parking spot in a space just 1.1 metres longer than the car itself.
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