2013 Volkswagen Golf GTD Test drive and new car review

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Forbidden fruit

A lot of car buffs are what the upcoming 54.5 MPG standards are going to do to sports Volkswagen has one potential answer: The GTD.

A nifty car you can’t for now

Let me start with the bad news: If you here in North America, you buy this car, at least not I caught the bright-green Golf GTD the end of an American goodwill tour; brought one in from Germany to us hacks a taste of a dish common in Europe: The diesel-powered car.

The GTD is, as you can probably guess, a GTI a diesel engine. The engine is a souped-up version of the 2-liter found in the Golf TDI: is increased from 140 to 168, torque rises from 236 to 258 lb-ft. Compare that to 200 hp and 207 for a gasoline-powered GTI, and 256 hp/243 for the Golf R. On paper, the GTD is about a slower to 60 than the GTI; in most of that extra is wasted in the first second as you for the turbocharger to wind up and do its thing.

Despite a big wave of torque the GTD delivers max pull between RPM and 2,500 RPM — the GTD’s doesn’t feel quite as as the GTI’s gas engine, which peak torque from all the way to 5,000 RPM. Consider a compliment to the GTI rather than a of the GTD; few gasoline engines can the GTI’s even power not even VW’s own Golf R. The with the GTD is to use the paddle shifters and the revs low — the exact of what you’d do in a gasoline

Leather-lined no-nonsense interior is Volkswagen

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Diesel performance in the real

How does it work in the real I drove the GTD both on the track and the (including the About.com Top Secret Test Road, of course). On the the GTD felt like a slightly-slower GTI perhaps down to a bit of transmission on my part. I drove with the automatic transmission in Sport which lets the engine run to its redline; had I shifted manually to the revs down, I think I have extracted a bit more

I could fault the GTD for being so work; in the GTI, you can just pop it Sport and enjoy max torque for max

But any deficit in the powertrain (or my operation was made up by the suspension — particular GTD had aggressive tires and the adjustable shocks from the R, and it stuck to the pavement like odor sticks to the French*. All I to do to make good time on the was bomb into the corners as as I dared, turn in, and stomp on the as I neared the apex. By the time I to unwind the wheel, the power be coming on strong, and as long as picked a good line, the GTD and I keep up our momentum.

Anything less than though, and it took a while to up the lost speed.

* A low and undeserved all the French people I know lovely. But I’ve over-used like glue and clings a kitten on a drape and I needed new. Sorry.

Out on the Curvy Road, the GTD was rather more I expected corner-exit wheelspin, an for most front-wheel-drive performance to be an even bigger problem in the When you exit a corner and power, weight is shifted and towards the outside of the curve and the wheel has a tendency to spin, a I thought the diesel’s prodigious would exacerbate.

Much to my it wasn’t — it took efforts of bad driving to get that wheel to spin, and when it the problem wasn’t any worse in a gas-powered car. (Whether is due to the GTD’s extra weight about 70 lbs, most of it the front wheels — or sophisticated traction control I have no idea.) Acceleration similar to the GTI, albeit in bursts, but the lack of engine from the diesel meant I had to more on the brakes and less on the shifters to control my speed.

The beauty of diesel

Power from a souped-up version of two-liter TDI diesel

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In day-to-day driving, the GTD was good. The ride is a bit hard for my even with comfort selected it just barely the periphery of compliance. But after days of mixed driving, the GTD an astonishing 41.8 miles per

Forty one point eight! the sort of driving I did, be satisfied with 25 in a gasoline-powered Nearly 42 MPG — well, just say my reaction was an adult that we don’t discuss in company.

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