Volkswagen Golf GTD Confirmed for America

Volkswagen Golf GTD Confirmed for America

Denied it for decades, fans of diesel-powered Volkswagens across America are about to get the car of their dreams: the GTD.

If that name doesn’t mean anything to you, think of a GTI hot hatch but with a diesel engine? Sound dull? It shouldn’t, not with 182 hp and a tremendous 280 lb-ft of torque from a turbo-diesel 2.0-liter 4-cylinder. Riding on the new Golf platform, all new Golf models will shes 220 lbs from last year’s car.

In addition to the engine, it will come outfitted with the usual GTI-gear, like 17-inch wheels with 225/45/17 tires, special body work with dual exhaust pipes, a rear spoiler and sports suspension. The usual GTI-styled goodies will also be inside with a sports steering wheel, stainless steel pedals, a special GTD shifter and instrument cluster plus the trademark plaid seats.

Volkswagen claims the car get an an incredible 67 miles per gallon, though that’s on the more generous European test cycle. Still, look for some solid fuel economy numbers when it arrives here, likely later this year as a 2014 model.



[Source: Car & Driver]

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  • A Soriano

    I stopped by Car and Driver and there is no confirmation of a U.S. GTD. Perhaps AutoGuide got the news early?

  • DirkGently

    Hope this report is accurate. I notice an “update” elsewhere on the site says the GTD will come to America in 2014 as a 2015 model, though. So, next Spring?

    Maybe they’ll have some other color schemes available by then. I want mine in metallic blue, green, or silver, please.

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  • A Soriano

    From autoMedia”So understandably, a lot of people got excited when Car And Driver sent out a Tweet yesterday, claiming the GTD was bound for the U.S. Other sites like AutoBlog
    ran with the story, but perhaps we need to pump the brakes for a
    second. The official Volkswagen USA Twitter page (@VW) this morning responded
    to a fan’s question by posting: “We have no plans to bring the GTD to
    the US at this time.” Then we received a message that clears things up a

    “Our official position is that we are investigating bringing the car
    to the U.S., but there is no decision,” Volkswagen USA Product and
    Technology Manager Mark Gillies said in an e-mail to autoMedia “

  • This would very highly likely be my next car.