Volkswagen Confirms Golf GTD For America

Derek Kreindler
by Derek Kreindler

Having dangled the GTD in front of us for so long, Volkswagen has finally confirmed that the diesel powered sports Golf will come to America, according to Automotive News.

While Volkswagen claimed to have had a business case for the car, it wasn’t quite a done deal for the 7th generation Golf. VW is on track to sell 100,000 TDI cars this year, and thinks that the $27,000 GTD could account for 5-10 percent of diesel Golf sales. The GTD will go on sale in the summer of 2014.

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  • DC Bruce DC Bruce on Jul 02, 2013

    Given the generally unfavorable price difference between gasoline and diesel here in the US (in my area, diesel and premium gas are about the same price), I'm kinda wondering why someone would buy this car. When you do the math, the savings between a 30 mpg car and a 40 mpg car aren't all that much unless you drive a ton. So, you're paying a price premium over the GTI for a car that's not as fast and doesn't handle as well, because the additional weight of the diesel engine in front. I'm just not seeing this. The TDI over the standard car with the 2.5 liter n/a 5 I can see. The TDI is a lot more fuel efficient and feels faster in city driving because of its fat torque curve, even though the 2.5 will outrun it on the on-ramp.

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    • 30-mile fetch 30-mile fetch on Jul 03, 2013

      @Beerboy12 You're right, but I'll argue that the 5 cylinder is surprisingly good in light throttle daily driving, the torque is available at quite low engine speeds. Between the broad torque curve and low redline, the 5 cylinder feels like it inherited a bit of diesel DNA.

  • Beerboy12 Beerboy12 on Jul 02, 2013

    I would so like to smoke someone in a V8 tank something with this confounded diesel GTI and meet that person at the gas station later, just to see the expression as I put tractor fluid into the horrid little hatchback.

  • Johannes Dutch Johannes Dutch on Jul 03, 2013

    A real sporty diesel has a factory 250 km/h (156 mph) speed limiter. But then you're in the 6 cylinder class, Audi's 3.0 TDI for example.

  • Stevelovescars Stevelovescars on Jul 03, 2013

    Fuel cost do differ across the country. Here in Northern California Diesel is currently a bit less than regular unleaded... About $4/gallon. Of course I was in TN a few weeks ago and noticed about a $0.70/gallon reduction on price. Doesn't the 2.0t require premium? If so, then the cost difference for fueling a GTI vs. a GTD is a wash given the aforementioned case of Diesel fuel costing the same as premium. If not, I consistently see a $0.20 difference between 87 and 91 octane fuel. At a base of $4/gallon this is a 5% fuel cost increase for a 20-30% fuel economy benefit. Still a cost benefit, no?

    • NormSV650 NormSV650 on Jul 04, 2013

      GM's 2.0T does not require premium. But the performance will be less but not as low as a dkesel. A 2013 Verano owner with a 2.0T is getting 36 mpg on less than premium for a car rated 30 mpg highway. This on 235mm rubber and heavier 18" wheels. You can double the horsepower of a diesel with an equivalent turbo gasser. It seems like hybrids have peaked in making big strides in EPA fuel economy and it sounds similar to diesels. Blame emissions, vehicle weight, low sulfur fuel, or displacement for the same ratings as the last couple of decades for diesels. Don't think we'll be getting the less than 2.0l diesels from Europe?