Under the new guise of Golf GT Sport to emphasize its performance credentials, it will now be available in two sporty yet economical models - the TSI and new 2.0 TDI.
The TSI maintains its twin-charged 1.4L engine which produces 125 kW and torque figures more commonly found in larger 2.3-litre models of 240 Nm from 1750 to 4500 RPM with 20 percent lower fuel consumption. This is thanks to its unique combination of an exhaust turbocharger with a mechanically driven supercharger.
The new 2.0 TDI model again focuses on efficient performance, featuring a four-cylinder TDI engine with an output of 125 kW at 4200 rpm and maximum torque of 350 Nm from 1,750 to 2,500 rpm, covering 0 to 100 km/h in a surprising 8.2 seconds.
The Golf GT Sport features sports suspension, exclusive 17 inch alloy wheels “BBS ClassiXs”, 225 tyres, 16 inch brakes, distinctive bumper and radiator grille design, twin tailpipes, sports seats and a sports steering wheel which mimic the sporty styling of its older brother, the Golf GTI.
Additional styling features of the Golf GT Sport include a new grille surround in charcoal (formally body colour) and GT Sport badge.
The 125 kW 2.0 TDI engine also makes an appearance in the new Passat Range, where the 0 to 100km/h time is only slightly increased to 8.6 seconds in the sedan version despite the extra bulk.
Golf GT Sport TSI six speed manual from $34,990
Golf GT Sport TDI six speed DSG from $37,290
Golf GT Sport TSI six speed manual from $37,490
Golf GT Sport TDI six speed DSG from $39,790
Passat 2.0 TDI 125kW Sedan six speed DSG from $44,990
Passat 2.0 TDI 125kW Wagon six speed DSG from $46,990