Volkswagen Showcases the Seventh Generation Golf GTD
|   Saturday, February 23, 2013
Volkswagen has a list of vehicles lined up to be revealed at the Geneva Motor Show next month and the Golf GTD was recently unveiled, prior to its official launch next month. The vehicle is expected to launch in the UK in July and is powered by the Volkswagen EA288 engine. This 2.0 liter engine packs in four cylinders and is a common rail diesel engine. Power displacement is 181 BHP @ 3500 RPM along with 280 ft lb of torque between 1750 and 3250 RPM.


There is a stark increase in power displacement by 13 BHP and 22 ft lb over the Mk6 GTD. This vehicle was powered by the Volkswagen developed EA827 and the fuel consumption of both the vehicles are equal. The light weight valve, gear head and pistons are the major modification that has been made to this generation of the Golf hence reducing the thermal and friction loses.

The engine is mated to a dual clutch six speed manual transmission system displacing linear power and the vehicle has the ability to reach 60 MPH from a standstill in 7.5 seconds. The Golf GTD also has a top speed of 143 MPH and the vehicle reaches 138 MPH in 8.1 seconds. It is quite fast as compared to other hatch backs in the Golf segment and features better performance due to the lower compression ratio.

Fuel efficiency on the combined scale is 67.3 MPG while average CO2 emission is 109 g/km. There has been an improvement of over 14 MPG and 30 g/km over the previous version of the GTD. The GTD has been distinguished from the general seventh generation model of the Golf GTD by additional mid section modifications to the body of the vehicle.

The new Golf GTI also features some of the modifications seen on the GTD and these include changes to the body panel, standard 17 inch sports rims, remodeled front and rear bumpers, inclusion of a prominent spoiler over the tail gate, a diffuser element at the rear of the vehicle, wide under door sills and a chromed tail pipe.

The interior has many distinct modifications as well and Volkswagen plans on launching diesel powered vehicles in the Golf GTD lineup to increase sales. Steering this vehicle is a dream as the handling potential of the Golf has always been phenomenal. Performance wise there is no beating the Golf GTD in its own game. New GTD themed trim levels have also been developed and as a result the aesthetics of the vehicle is at a different level.

Cabin design is superior to its predecessor and the use of black is dominant in the cabin. Foot rests and stainless steel pedals enhance the interior although the use of aluminum would have reduced weight by a margin. Standard 17 inch rims with 225 / 45 rubber make the general composition and Volkswagen hopes to sell the Golf GTD in large quantities. The minor tweaks to the exterior also make the GTD more appealing.
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