Volkswagen has announced the introduction of the most powerful version of the seventh-gen Golf which will make its public debut next month at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. The Golf GTD makes use of a 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder common rail engine outputting 181 hp (135 kW) and a peak torque of 379 Nm (280 lb-ft). This makes its 13 hp and 29 Nm more powerful compared to its predecessor, the Golf VI GTD. The entire horsepower is transferred to front wheels through either a standard six-speed manual gearbox or the optional six-speed, dual clutch DSG. It does the 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) run in 7.5 second and hits 143 mph (230 km/h) with the manual transmission.
Since this is a diesel, many are interested in finding out the car’s fuel consumption. It is capable of returning 67.3 mpg UK (56 mpg US or 4.1 liters / 100 km) with CO2 emissions of 109 g/km. The previous GTD version of the Golf was rated at 53.3 mpg UK (44.3 mpg US or 5.2 liters / 100 km), while CO2 emissions were of 139 g/km.
The 2013 Volkswagen Golf GTD tips the scales at 2,870 lbs (1,302 kg) and rides on 17-inch alloy wheels wrapped around in 225/45 rubbers. It boasts a sports suspension, wider sills, more prominent spoiler, bespoke bumpers, diffuser and chromed tailpipe. The interior cabin comes with sport seats and steering wheel, stainless steel pedals and black headlining.