Volkswagen Australian has made some minor changes to the 2008 Golf GT lineup, now referred to as Golf GT Sport. Getting the cosmetics out of the way first, the 2008 range has a new grille surround in charcoal (previously the same as body colour) as well as new GT Sport badges.
The MY08 range includes the performance orientated 1.4-litre TSI Golf GT Sport, producing 125 kW of power and 240 Nm of torque and a new 2.0-litre diesel.
If you think that's a hell of a lot from a 1.4-litre engine, you'd be right! The four-cylinder dual charged FSI engine uses a mechanical supercharger as well as a turbocharger to produce the incredibly high output, but best of all, it's not at the expense of fuel economy, using only 7.7L/100km.
Part of the reason the Golf GT is now referred to as the Golf GT Sport, is because Volkswagen has discontinued the Golf Sportline variants, blending them in with the sexy GT badge.
Volkswagen says the engine in the new Golf GT Sport 2.0-litre TDI is the most powerful four-cylinder TDI the company has ever built. The new diesel powered GT is equipped with advanced piezo operated direct injection, producing 125kW of power and an enormous 350Nm of torque (at just 1900 rpm). The diesel particulate filter is standard.
Both variants are equipped with sports suspension, 17-inch alloy wheels wrapped in wide tyres, performance brakes, distinctive bumper and radiator grille design, twin tailpipes, sports seats, sports steering wheel and charge pressure display.
The 2008 Volkswagen Golf GT Sport variants:
- 5 door Manual 6-speed 1.4TSI - $34,990
- 5 door Seq. Manual Auto-Clutch 6-speed 1.4TSI - $37,290
- 5 door Manual 6-speed 2.0DT - $37,490
- 5 door Seq. Manual Auto-Clutch 6-speed 2.0DT - $39,790