Volkswagen has announced the range-topping diesel version of the Golf VII before the car debuts in Geneva next month.

Volkswagen has announced the range-topping diesel version of the Golf VII before the car debuts in Geneva next month.

Following an early reveal of the e-Golf yesterday, Volkswagen is showing the most powerful diesel version of the new Golf which will go on sale this summer. It comes with a 4-cylinder, 2.0-liter transversely-mounted common rail mill producing 181 hp (135 kW) at 3,500 rpm and 280 lb-ft (379 Nm) of torque between 1,750 and 3,250 rpm. Compared to the previous model, the Golf VII GTD is 13 hp (9.6 kW) and 22 lb-ft (29.7 Nm) more powerful.

Power is sent to front wheels through a standard 6-speed manual gearbox or an optional dual-clutch 6-speed DSG. With the former, the 2013 Golf GTD sprints to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 7.5 seconds (0.6s quicker) and reaches a top speed of 143 mph (230 km/h), whereas the Golf VI GTD topped at 138 mph (222 km/h).

In the combined cycle, the new Golf GTD returns 56 mpg US (67.3 mpg UK or 4.1 liters / 100 km) and has CO2 emissions of 109 g/km. The old one returned 44.3 mpg US (53.3 mpg UK or 5.2 liters / 100 km) with CO2 emissions of 139 g/km.

It weighs 1,302 kg (2,870 lbs) and comes with 17-inch alloys with 225/45 tires and rides on a sports suspension. Compared to the standard Golf, the GTD version has different bumpers, more prominent spoiler above the tailgate, wider sills, chromed tailpipe and a diffuser. On the inside it has stainless steel pedals, sports steering wheel, black headlining and sport seats.

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