The three-door Volkswagen Golf VII GTD has a starting price in UK of 25,285 GBP, making it 310 GBP more expensive than its predecessor.

The three-door Volkswagen Golf VII GTD has a starting price in UK of 25,285 GBP, making it 310 GBP more expensive than its predecessor.

Power comes from a transversely-mounted, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder common rail diesel engine producing 181 bhp (135 kW) at 3,500 rpm and a peak torque of 379 Nm (280 lb-ft) between 1,750 rpm and 3,250 rpm. As standard, the engine is linked to a six-speed manual gearbox but for more money it can work together with a six-speed, dual-clutch DSG (from 26,700 GBP).

With the manual it does 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 7.5 seconds and hits a top speed of 143 mph (230 km/h). The Golf VI GTD needed 8.1 seconds for the run and managed a maximum speed of 138 mph (222 km/h). The new variant returns 56 mpg US (67.3 mpg UK or 4.1 liters / 100 km) in the combined cycle, with CO2 emissions of 109 g/km. Its predecessor returned 44.3 mpg US (53.3 mpg UK or 5.2 liters / 100 km) and had CO2 emissions of 139 g/km.

The 2013 Volkswagen Golf GTD has been fitted with smoked LED rear lights, bi-xenon headlights, LED license plate illumination, LED daytime running lights, 18-inch alloys with 225/40 tires, chrome dual tailpipes, sports suspension, rear diffuser, beefier side skirts and a big roof spoiler.

Inside it has Jacara Grey sports seats, sports steering wheel, black roof lining, stainless steel pedals and GTD-specific gear lever, instrument cluster and trim strips. The range-topping diesel Golf also benefits from dual-zone climate control, white ambience lightning and touchscreen infotainment system with support for iPod, Bluetooth and DAB digital radio.

The five-door Golf GTD is a bit more expensive, starting from 25,940 GBP for the manual version and 27,355 GBP for the DSG-equipped model.

More details are available in the attached press release.

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