Volkswagen present the Diesel version of the GTI: the GTD. A hatchback evolution with a
diesel motor might appear unusual. However, Wolfsburg have got the idea over 25 years
ago, in 1982, with the Golf's first generation! By means of a turbo charger the engineers
then squeezed 70hp out of a naturally-aspirated diesel engine, which was pretty much for
such a motor at this time.
Today, the new GTD generates 170hp as maximum and runs from a standstill to 100kph in
round 8 seconds. While the first aggregate's capacity was 1.6 litre, the recent one has
got 2.0. Volkswagen claim it drinks around 5.5 litres per 100 km. Says, performance have
increased by 100hp, thirst is fortunately roughly on the level of the 70hp archetype.
However, with the Golf Mk IV, the Germans gave up on the GTD version. Now, as with the
first three generations, the all-new one comes in the GTI's trim again. Only two chromium
strips – which are replacing the GTI's red ones -, other wheels, and a D instead of an I
draw distinctions. Also the interior is identical to the GTI, dials on the rev counter
aside. After Jetta, Scirocco and GT, Wolfsburg are going forward to their roots.