GTD Is Pocket-Rocket Diesel
March 27, 2009
Volkswagen's 170-horse diesel GTD. Click on images for larger views.
For those seeking the high performance of the GTI but with the fuel efficiency of a diesel, VW presents the GTD.
Based on the new sixth-generation GTI, itself just released this week in Europe, the GTD trades the 2.0T gas engine for a 170-horsepower turbo four-cylinder TDI.
Acceleration from zero to 62 MPH elapses in 8.1 seconds, impressive for a diesel, on the way to a top speed of 138 MPH (222 KPH). But fuel consumption is where the GTD really shines — rated at around 45 miles per gallon.
Transmission choices include a six-speed manual or six-speed dual-clutch manumatic.
The GTD handles just like the GTI, both underpinned by a sport suspension connected to 17-inch wheels and rubber.
Sporty exterior styling is also identical — the exception is the GTD's chrome grille strips, which are red on the GTI.
The GTD is currently on display, until April 5, at the Leipzig auto show in Germany.
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