2013 Volkswagen Golf VII GTD review and pictures

Posted on Thursday, 21 February 2013 , 14:02:32 byAlina

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Volkswagen Golf VII GTD

The all new Volkswagen Golf VII GTD has been unveiled before making its debut in Geneva the following month. This means the top diesel version of the Golf VII built on the success of its predecessors.

The latest VW realisation, Volkswagen Golf GTD can be bought starting with this summer. At launch, under the hood, we find a 4-cylinder, 2.0-liter transversely-mounted common rail mill which is able to produce 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 model before it, the Golf VII GTD is 13 hp (9.6 kW) and 22 lb-ft (29.7 Nm) more powerful.

Golf VII possesses a set of 17 inch wheels which get their power from a standard manual 6- speed gearbox or an optional dual-clutch 6-speed DSG. It reaches the speed of 62 mph (100 km/h) in 7.5 seconds and gets to its highest speed of 143 mph (230 km/h). This means that Golf VII is faster and more powerful than the previous model, Golf VI. And we can also notice other differences between the two models. Another one is that 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. So we have a friendlier car considering its relation with the environment.

The sport suspension and the 17- inch alloys have to sustain a body that weighs 1,302 kg (2,870 lbs). There is but a handful of cars with a design that, like the Volkswagen Golf's, has been constantly refined, tweaked and enhanced down the decades and has thus become timeless. In this process the Volkswagen designers repeatedly gave a new edge to the Golf's product features. This is how Volkswagen Golf VII GTD has received new bumpers, a more prominent spoiler above the tailgate, wider sills, chromed tailpipe and a diffuser. The interior is set up with stainless steel pedals, sports steering wheel, black headlining and sport seats.
Its outstanding features and superb design will ensure that the new generation of Volkswagen Golf VII GTD will be one of the most successful cars on the market.