Cars New VW Golf GTD previewed ahead of Geneva debut

15:25  14 february  2020
15:25  14 february  2020 Source:   autocar.co.uk

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Guys at Volkswagen have already shown us the Golf R Variant, but Geneva will be the place to show quite sporty but much less thirsty station wagon.

ahead - of - geneva - debut / Official, volkswagen golf gtd variant, golf gtd variant, vw golf gtd The Golf family keeps on growing as Volkswagen has introduced a GTD Variant which follows in the Already available on order in Germany, the Volkswagen Golf GTD variant kicks off at €31,975 and

Volkswagen has confirmed that the GTD version of its new Golf will make its debut at the Geneva motor show next month.

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Volkswagen has released a teaser image depicting the front fascia of its diesel-fueled hot hatch, ahead of the Golf GTD 's debut early next month in Geneva . While VW isn’t saying how much power it will deliver in the new Golf GTD , a leaked slideshow from what must have been an internal presentation

Volkswagen has announced the range-topping diesel version of the Golf VII before the car debuts in Geneva next month. Following an early reveal of the e- Golf yesterday, Volkswagen is showing the most powerful diesel version of the new Golf which will go on sale this summer.

The front end of the warm diesel-powered hatch, previewed in an official render, looks to feature broadly similar styling to the standard car, but will gain a distinctive light pattern in its lower grille, like the plug-in hybrid GTE.

Volkswagen claims the powertrain in the new GTD is "the most powerful and, thanks to twin-dosing, cleanest turbo diesel injection engine ever to be installed in a Golf". It is set to offer enhanced performance, reduced emissions and improved efficiency over the seventh-generation GTD, which made 181bhp and 280lb ft of torque. We know it will use a variant of the Group's well-established 2.0-litre diesel engine with mild hybrid tech.

The official confirmation follows the inadvertent publication of the GTD's 197bhp output, and that of three more hot Golfs set to debut throughout 2020.

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At this year’s Geneva International Motor Show, Volkswagen debuts the latest version of this fuel-sipping sporty compact, which features a 184-hp version of The first Golf GTD in 1982 revolutionized the sporty compact segment with its turbodiesel engine, sporty demeanor, and its GTI-style features.

The new Golf GTD Variant is set for its world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show, and is available to order as of now at a price of 31,975 euros. The Golf GTD Variant* is excellently placed to establish itself as an iconic long-distance cruiser. The 184 PS TDI engine takes the Golf GTD Variant to 100

Likely appearing alongside the GTD at Geneva, the GTI follows the plug-in hybrid GTE, revealed last year, and will be joined by a high-performance TCR variant and a range-topping R.

A slideshow - which appears to have come from a brand or dealer presentation - confirms the GTI's previously reported power output of 241bhp (converted from the kW figure). That's the same output as the GTE. It also shows a TCR variant (which may be badged something else) with an output of 296bhp.

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The R will head up the range with an apparent output of 329bhp - a 33bhp increase on the outgoing car.

Following the reveal of the GTI and GTD at Geneva motor show, the R version is expected to be shown in July at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

The transformation from regular Golf to GTI is likely to be as subtly handled as previous variants. It will include the usual dual-exit tailpipes, red brake calipers, chunky air intakes and a bodykit extending around the lower portion of the car.

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The Golf family keeps on growing as Volkswagen has introduced a GTD Variant which follows in the footsteps of the hatchback. Already available on order in Germany, the Volkswagen Golf GTD variant kicks off at €31,975 and can be Source: Volkswagen . If only VW would bring this to the USA.

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2020 VW Golf GTI: engine and powertrain

In a reversal of original plans, Wolfsburg has decided not to make a more radical switch to hybrid power. Instead, the eighth-generation Golf GTI is set to stick with much of the hardware that has made the seventh-generation model such a success, both critically and commercially.

That means an updated version of the Audi-developed EA888 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine used in the existing Mk7 Golf GTI. Again, like the current car, it will be offered with two power outputs: a standard output of 241bhp and a more powerful 296bhp model, which will replace the MK7 Performance version.

Although it was previously thought that the latter variant would wear the TCR badge, VW's decision to leave the racing series as part of its plans to end all combustion-engined motorsport means it's possible the car will use the Clubsport name instead.

An increase in torque beyond the 258lb ft and 273lb ft of today’s two versions of the GTI is claimed to establish new levels of performance. In the case of the higher-spec model, it is said the 0-62mph time will be less than six seconds and the top speed 155mph. Gearbox choices will include carry-over versions of today’s six-speed manual and seven-speed dual-clutch automatic items.

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As recently as late 2018, VW had planned to switch the Golf GTI to mild hybrid power as the performance flagship of a new range of IQ-badged petrol-electric mild hybrid models.

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That system is also based around the EA888 engine. However, it will not be used on the Golf GTI, under the instruction of VW Group chairman Herbert Diess, who reversed the decision of his predecessor, Matthias Müller.

The transversely mounted 2.0-litre four-cylinder powerplant will be mated to an electric motor and 48V electrical architecture. It is a setup that VW plans to mirror on the smaller 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine and 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel units used in the Mk8 Golf.

The original plan had been to improve the Golf GTI’s low-end response with electric boosting. Additionally, the technology was to bring a coasting function that idles the engine on a trailing throttle and a recuperation system that harvests kinetic energy during braking. However, VW’s about-turn on hybrid technology should lead to the new GTI having a similar character to today’s car.

2020 VW Golf GTI: chassis and underpinnings

The new Golf GTI is underpinned by a further-developed version of the existing model’s MQB platform, using a MacPherson strut front and multi-link rear suspension in combination with adaptive damping control.

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The Volkswagen Golf GTD Variant has a stop/start system as a standard feature and, in battery regeneration mode, it exploits deceleration phases to charge the This turbocharged efficiency lets the new Golf GTD Variant accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in only 7.9 seconds with either gearbox version.

Engineers involved in the new car’s development say a lot of attention has been focused on steering accuracy. The electro-mechanical set-up of the outgoing model has been heavily reworked to provide added levels of feedback and a more direct ratio.

Buyers will be restricted to just one bodystyle: a five-door hatchback. The three-door will no longer be produced. Changes inside include a new digital instrument cluster with an optional head-up display unit, plus new switchgear, including a centre console featuring a stubby T-shaped gear selector for DSG-equipped versions.

The new GTI is also expected to follow the mainstream model and get a technical overhaul. Most significantly, this includes the integration of a new, larger infotainement screen that will have some touch functionality, but also a new tactile control system designed to make the most common control adjustments easier.

GTE, GTD and R variants: what do we know so far?

A performance increase for the GTI is necessary to ensure that it occupies a performance level above the new GTE, revealed at the same time as the standard Golf.

That model's 241bhp comes from a 1.4-litre turbo petrol engine combined with an electric motor, with a lower-powered 201bhp variant expected at a later date. It makes use of a 13kWh battery that allows up to 43 miles of zero-emissions range, and can be taken up to 87mph without any assistance from the engine. Performance figures are yet to be detailed, however, as are economy figures.

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The R is again likely to use a heavily boosted EA888 motor with at least 300bhp in entry-level form, mated to four-wheel drive. Insiders suggest a range-topping R Plus is still on the cards, albeit with around 350bhp rather than the previously rumoured 400bhp.

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The VW Golf GTD Variant is differentiated from regular Golf Variants thanks to the GTD specific bumpers and radiator grille with honeycomb structure, smoked taillights and sill extensions. The car is also equipped with 17-inch “Curitiba” alloys, black roof rails and chrome-plated twin tailpipes.

Following yesterday's leaked image of new Volkswagen Golf GTI's rear-end, official Set to make its official debut at the Geneva motor show in March, the GTI follows the plug-in hybrid GTE, revealed last year, and will be joined by a high-performance TCR variant, a new diesel GTD and a range-topping R.

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