The new Golf GTD is a real endurance athlete. With its 147 kW (200 PS) 2.0-litre TDI engine, the new flagship of the Golf diesel models is more powerful, more efficient and produces lower emissions than ever before. The sporty overall package is rounded off by GTD-specific features and extensive standard equipment. The new Golf GTD’s driving performance and consumption are also impressive: thanks to the power of 400 newton metres of torque, the Volkswagen races to 100 km/h in only 7.1 seconds and reaches a top speed of 245 km/h. At the same time, the combined NEDC consumption is only 4.4 l/100 km. As with all the turbocharged diesel engines for the new Golf, the GTD’s drive system is linked to two SCR catalytic converters connected in series (SCR = Selective Catalytic Reduction). This new twin dosing SCR system with dual AdBlue injection greatly reduces nitrogen oxide emissions compared with its predecessor. Volkswagen offers the Golf GTD featuring a 7-speed dual clutch gearbox (DQ381 DSG) as standard.
Dynamic front end. The design of the new Golf GTD embodies sporty charisma. The standard LED headlights are positioned low down and form a striking crossbar in conjunction with the radiator grille. A slim, silver line towards the top of the bonnet now stretches across the front section. An LED strip in the headlight mirrors the silver line when the daytime running lights are activated – or when the driver approaches with the key. As standard, the radiator grille is illuminated as a continuation of the LED strip for the first time. This creates the completely new, unmistakable headlight design of the Golf GTD. Another striking and unmistakable feature is the typically large, one-piece lower air intake grille in a honeycomb pattern. It is framed on the outside by a black application, with a striking wing-like design on the sides. The new GTD insignia also include the optional fog lights which have now been integrated into the air intake grille in an X formation.
Striking outline. The side section features the eye-catching, standard 17-inch Richmond alloy wheels. Painted in red: the brake calipers. The Golf also bears a GTD signet on the side of the front wing. The standard equipment also features wider side sills in black – with a splitter design similar to that found on racing cars. Towards the front the sills come together to form the front spoiler and at the rear they morph into the diffuser. An individualised spoiler extends the roof line at the very top of the outline.
Superior rear end. The eighth Golf generation has a powerful shoulder section and striking rear end design with standard LED tail light clusters. The GTD also benefits from this dynamic design. The GTD lettering is now positioned centrally under the Volkswagen emblem rather than on the driver side as it was before. The roof spoiler is extended rearwards and merges with the black edging around the rear window, making the Golf GTD appear even flatter. Down below, the sporty diffuser distinguishes the GTD from the less powerful versions of the product line with diesel engine. A further distinguishing feature of the Golf GTD: the exhaust system’s twin tailpipes arranged on the left-hand side.
Traditional GTD characteristics in the vehicle interior. Anyone opening the doors on new Golf GTD’s will immediately notice the premium sport front seats with integrated head restraints and the traditional, yet redesigned, Scalepaper tartan pattern. Signature GTD: silver highlights integrated into the grey and black tartan as stitching. A silver clip on the sports steering wheel covered in perforated leather also indicates to drivers that they are at the wheel of a Golf GTD. The standard Digital Cockpit with a 10-inch display is behind the sports steering wheel. The engine start/stop button pulsates red until the engine starts – yet another exciting feature. Applications in the vehicle interior boast a sporty, carbon-fibre look.
Progressive technology package. A host of functions, assist and convenience systems round off the Golf GTD’s comprehensive standard features. These include driving profile selection, progressive steering, electronic differential lock XDS, Dynamic Road Sign Display, voice control and a mobile phone interface with inductive charging function. Car2X technology, which allows vehicles to warn each other of hazards, and the lane keeping system Lane Assist guarantee added safety.