Details of the new Golf GTD have been revealed at its world debut in Leipzig. Power comes from a 2.0-litre TDI with 125kW and 350Nm of torque.

The new Volkswagen Golf GTD should bring a smile to any diesel fanatic's face. Unlike many other diesel-powered cars the GTD does not look like the outcast of the family. The front end looks exactly like the GTI's except for the red border outline on the grille which for the GTD is chromed. Another difference is at the rear where we find twin tailpipes like the Golf V GTI instead of single pipes on either side. It also has a sports diffuser and 17-inch alloy wheels.

Under the bonnet is a 2.0-litre turbo diesel motor that makes 125kW (170PS) and peak torque of 350Nm between 1,750rpm and 2,500rpm. The GTD will sprint from 0 - 100km/h in 8.1 seconds and has a top speed of 222km/h (138mph). It averages 5.3 litres of diesel per 100km and has a C02 emissions figure of 139g/km.

When it comes to the interior the same sporty feeling found in the GTI is attained for the GTD. Some of the features are a three-spoke flat-bottomed leather steering wheel, sport seats with a "Jacky" pattern and optional satellite navigation. Customers will be able to choose between a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed DSG gearbox.

The GTD made its world premier at the Auto Mobil International (AMI) in Leipzig today and will begin selling in Germany some time in early May.


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