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Old 02-21-2013, 03:59 PM   #1
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Lightbulb 2014 Golf GTD Revealed! Could be first diesel Golf/GTI for the U.S.

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For fans of sparkless ignition engines in Europe who also enjoy the occasional tug of the odd lateral G here and there, the Volkswagen Golf GTD has been delivering smiles since 1982. In the petrol-slurping wastelands of America, where diesels still (STILL!) manage to remind people of terrible Oldsmobiles from decades before YouTube, the most fun oil-burning Golf variant is well-nigh unknown.

This could change. Volkswagen is dropping some oily, hard-to-burn bread crumbs indicating that the new GTD going on sale in Germany this June might, just maybe, come to our shores. The first clue is that some of our journalist colleagues have driven the previous-generation GTD in recent months. The second is that the U.S. market for Golfs is quite interesting. In the past year, around 35% of Golf buyers here in slushbox land selected a manual transmission. And the TDI is very popular, accounting for just under half of all American Golf sales during that time.

The great part is that the new European GTD looks to be a torque addict's best friend. The thoroughly reworked TDI motor, called the EA288, was introduced last year. In the new German-market GTD, it'll put down 184 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. Healthy numbers for a roughly 3,000-pound car. German buyers are looking at a 6-speed manual or an optional DSG.

With diesels slowly gaining acceptance and market share, hopefully a GTD would help finally kill ancient, irrelevant memories of terrible past diesels. And replace them with memories of smoking strips of burnt rubber. Torque is a wonderful thing.

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Old 02-22-2013, 12:56 AM   #2
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hmmmm so the steering wheel is still the same which means it will also be the same for the production GTI as in the concept....alright I can swallow that after a while
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Old 02-22-2013, 01:24 AM   #3
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That would be amazing if we got it in the states! I want it so bad!!
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Old 02-22-2013, 12:50 PM   #4
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Old 02-22-2013, 04:43 PM   #5
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ask local dealer, "think we'll get the GTD?"
he says "you mean Gti? most certainly"
me, " no GTD, diesel powered Gti?"
"No GTis only come in pertrol, you must mean the 2.0 TDi"
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Old 02-22-2013, 09:12 PM   #6
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I think I'm more excited about the GTD than the GTI. What a great combination of utility, fuel economy, and handling. VW, please bring this to the US.
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Old 02-23-2013, 12:00 AM   #7
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believe it or not; in my country diesel is just as "cheap" as petrol and both of which are cheaper than bottled drinking water that is why I don't care about fuel economy AT ALL even if it would do 10 or less mpg>> this won't affect a purchase decision

from a cars enthusiast point of view; aren't we the luckiest people on this planet or what ?
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Old 02-25-2013, 12:34 AM   #8
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believe it or not; in my country diesel is just as "cheap" as petrol and both of which are cheaper than bottled drinking water that is why I don't care about fuel economy AT ALL even if it would do 10 or less mpg>> this won't affect a purchase decision

from a cars enthusiast point of view; aren't we the luckiest people on this planet or what ?
saudi or uae? lol
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Old 02-25-2013, 08:30 AM   #9
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believe it or not; in my country diesel is just as "cheap" as petrol and both of which are cheaper than bottled drinking water that is why I don't care about fuel economy AT ALL even if it would do 10 or less mpg>> this won't affect a purchase decision

from a cars enthusiast point of view; aren't we the luckiest people on this planet or what ?
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Old 02-25-2013, 04:00 PM   #10
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saudi or uae? lol
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Old 02-25-2013, 09:38 PM   #11
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Ah Bahrain, I lived there 2 years in Amwaj. Great memories of Wrangler and Pars hotel.
Jeezzz, it was great.
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Old 02-26-2013, 05:59 PM   #12
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Ah Bahrain, I lived there 2 years in Amwaj. Great memories of Wrangler and Pars hotel.
Jeezzz, it was great.
it should be great indeed because that's what Bahrain is all about...greatness LOL what a lovely place to be in.
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Old 02-27-2013, 12:37 AM   #13
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I really like it!!
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Old 03-09-2013, 03:11 AM   #14
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Not bad at all. GTI looks with great gas mileage. Something to consider indeed.
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Old 03-14-2013, 05:51 AM   #15
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So it seems that according to some more recent reporting, the GTD won't be making it to the states, at least not with the first releases. Hopefully later?
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Old 03-22-2013, 12:06 AM   #16
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The GTD would be an instant success in the states. Doesn't VW know this? I would write a check today... and I've never owned a VW. I've only test driven a '12 TDI and GTI. When I saw photos of the MK7 I said, "come on Maxima... just 16 more months". I am pretty sure I am going diesel regardless.
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Old 03-22-2013, 01:16 AM   #17
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^^^Diesel doesn't have that big of a following in the states. Which is why it's probably still up in the air...I would love to check one of the GTDs out tho.
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Old 03-24-2013, 02:04 AM   #18
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Stopped in to a VW dealer today just to poke around, started talking to one of the sales guys and according to him they are supposed to be getting the GTD at the end of this year. That would be awesome. He also mentioned that the CC and Tiguan are getting diesels. Could be some good stuff coming down the pipeline. Makes me glad I'm not quite in the market for a vehicle yet.
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