Set for European sale from June, the top-of-the-line Golf diesel runs Volkswagen's EA288 engine. The transversely mounted 2.0-liter four-cylinder common rail unit delivers 184 hp at 3,500 rpm and 280 lb-ft of torque at 1,750 rpm.
It hasn't been decided if this car will come to the United States, a spokesman said. Volkswagen does sell a Golf TDI today in America that gets up to 42 mpg from a 140-hp, 236-lb-ft four-cylinder.
VW used lightweight pistons and valve gear, among the changes, in an effort to lower frictional loses and improve thermal properties. There is also a heavily reworked exhaust and lower compression ratio (15.8:1 vs. 16.5:1) compared to its predecessor.
Drive continues to be channeled through a standard six-speed manual gearbox to the front wheels, with a six-speed dual-clutch DSG available as optional equipment.
Volkswagen claims the Golf GTD reaches 62 mph from a standstill in 7.5 seconds on the way to a top speed of 143 mph with a six-speed manual.
Combined cycle fuel consumption on the European test procedure is put at 56 mpg (U.S). The new GTD is distinguished from other less sporting seventh-generation Golf models by a series of mild styling tweaks, some of which are shared with the GTi.
Included are re-profiled bumpers, wider sills under the doors, a more prominent spoiler above the tailgate, a diffuser element at the rear, darkened tail lamp lenses, chromed tailpipes and standard 17-inch alloy wheels shod with 225/45 profile rubber. It also rides on a sports suspension.
Inside, the most powerful diesel-powered Golf to reach series production receives sport seats, a black headlining, sports steering wheel, stainless steel pedals and foot rests, as well as various GTD themed trims.
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TDI stood for "too dull inside"
GTD screams "Get this Diesel"
For those who understand the math, while this engine puts out 280 lb.ft. peak torque, it's still putting out 276 lb.ft. at peak horsepower. In other words, a torque "curve" as flat as a table.
Keep in mind that this is as much torque as the 306HP 3.7L V-6 engine in the base Mustang. At less than HALF the RPM.
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0-62 in 7.5, and 143 mph isn't an achievement? My chipped and piped Jetta TDI will come close to those numbers....but the MPG, no. Best yet is 45mpg in mixed driving, 70K on the odometer. The MPG and power increase listed here is an achievement, way more power; 44 HP and 44 ft/lb. torque increase at 250RPM lower is HUGE! Like, 30% more power.
Ask any diesel owner how much they enjoy going fast w/o downshifting.
Who else could be blamed for fuel freezing but the automaker, they should use fuel filter heaters & fuel line heaters. The lady who is a nurse was left stranded numerous times by this thing.