23/01/2021

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New 2020 Volkswagen Golf GTD on sale in the UK now

Volkswagen has introduced the eighth-generation Golf GTD in the Uk. It follows the plug-in hybrid...

Volkswagen has introduced the eighth-generation Golf GTD in the Uk. It follows the plug-in hybrid Golf GTE and petrol-driven Golf GTI into the showrooms, completing the German brand’s trio of GT-badged sizzling hatchbacks.

Price ranges for the new Volkswagen Golf GTD commence from £32,790, which tends to make it the most economical product in the GT line-up. Nevertheless, unlike its stablemates, the GTD is pitched as extra of a prolonged-length cruiser rather than a B-highway barnstormer, with a theoretical maximum array of 600 miles for every tank of gas.

Vital to this array determine is the GTD’s powertrain. It’s an current version of the former model’s turbocharged two.-litre four-cylinder diesel motor, which functions a handful of efficiency tweaks and a new seven-velocity twin-clutch computerized gearbox, to enable it obtain claimed WLTP gas financial system figures of in between 51.4–54.3mpg.

There is also a new catalytic converter process with twin advert-blue jets, which Volkswagen says has decreased emissions about the former-generation GTD. The hatchback creates CO2 emissions of 137g/km – and “significantly lower” nitrogen oxide emissions.

The new Golf GTD’s diesel motor has an output of 197bhp and 400Nm of torque, which tends to make it 16bhp and 20Nm brawnier than the product it replaces. Volkswagen says this output is enough for a prime velocity of 152mph and a 0–62mph time of seven.one seconds – a determine which trails the petrol driven GTI by .8 seconds.

Nevertheless, irrespective of the efficiency deficit, the GTD does occur with the same chassis updates as the GTI. These consist of 15mm reduced sports activities suspension, beefier brakes, a locking front differential and adaptive dampers that change with the car’s suite of travel modes.

On the outside, the sporty system kit is shared with the GTI, but the GTD has a few of delicate cosmetic distinctions. All of the pink detailing identified on the GTI is changed with dark grey and there is a exclusive structure for the typical eighteen-inch alloy wheels. At the back again, a one twin-exit exhaust tip also replaces the GTI’s twin-branch setup.

Likewise, in the cabin, the sizzling hatchback’s trademark sports activities seats are concluded in tartan fabric – even though the sample is monochrome rather than the typical pink. Buyers get a comparable stage of typical equipment, far too, with three-zone local weather handle, a leather-based multifunction steering wheel and an aluminium gear selector.

The GTI’s ten.twenty five-inch electronic instrument cluster and 8.twenty five-inch infotainment process are also transferred into this diesel product, together with its customisable ambient lights process, puddle lights and electrically operated doorway mirrors. The technologies deal is done with a pair of LED Matrix headlamps and exclusive honeycomb LED fog lamps.

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