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New Golf GTD is a diesel powerhouse

The Golf GTD is back. The diesel-powered alternative to the Golf GTI will return to Europe from June 2013 and by the looks of its impressive spec sheet, it’s going to be a hell of a thing.

The original Golf GTD, released some 30 years ago, was praised for its compelling blend of practicality and performance, and this new model should get plenty of plaudits for the same reasons. At its heart is a 2.0-litre turbodiesel that develops 184PS (182bhp) and 380Nm of torque. That’s good for a 0-62mph time of 7.5 seconds and a 142mph top speed.

The new Golf GTD goes a long way on a single tank of diesel. Ordinarily, cars with that sort of grunt are incredibly thirsty, but driven sensibly, the GTD will return an impressive 67.3mpg, which works out at 109g/km of CO2. A Toyota GT86, for reference, is slower and thirstier by far.

Gearbox options include a manual six-speed shifter or an optional six-speed DSG, though the latter will likely rob you of some driving involvement and is thirstier by 7.2mpg.

The Golf GTD will stand out from the standard model thanks to smoked LED rear lights, LED license plate illumination, chrome dual exhaust pipes, 17-inch alloys and a bodykit consisting of side skirts, a rear diffuser and a roof spoiler.

Inside, it’ll feature a sports steering wheel, stainless steel pedals, a GTD-specific gear lever and instrument cluster and white ambient lighting.

The Gold GTD will be available in Germany for 29,350 euros, with orders being taken from March 5th. UK sales are expected to begin in April, with cars being delivered in time for summer. We’ll update you with UK pricing as we get it.

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