Set to go on sale in the US, likely later this year, it features all of what the GTI has to offer, with the exception of the turbocharged 2.0-liter gasoline engine. In its place is a 2.0-liter diesel making 182 hp and a huge 280 lb-ft of torque, available from just 1750 rpm.
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Helping this new GTD be even sportier is that fact that it rides on the all new seventh-generation Golf platform, which weighs 220 lbs less than the previous generation.
As mentioned, it’s fully outfitted with GTI-goodies, including similar bodywork, 17-inch wheels with 225/45/17 tires, dual exhaust pipes, a rear roof spoiler and a sports suspension. Inside the GTI theme continues, though with GTD branding on the shifter and gauges, plus there’s a sports steering wheel, stainless steel pedals and those trademark interlagos plaid seats.
Billed as a 2013 model in Europe, the new generation of Golfs will arrive in North America later this year as 2014 models. Look for the GTD to be priced at a premium beyond the already expensive TDI models which start at just over $24,000.
***UPDATE*** GTD fans will have to be patient as we’ve just learned the car isn’t scheduled to arrive until model-year 2015, which means it’s likely to go on sale some time next year ***UPDATE***
GALLERY: 2014 Volkswagen Golf GTD
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