Volkswagen Teases New Golf 8 GTD


Volkswagen has released a teaser image of its all-new Golf GTD and here's what we know about it, ahead of its world premiere at the 2020 Geneva International Motor Show.

The Volkswagen Golf GTD has always played second fiddle to the more popular GTI, but for those who wanted 90% of the performance with vastly superior economy, it found favour particularly in the European market. A few units even came to South Africa as part of the Golf 7.5 family, back in 2017. However, with Dieselgate, diesel power has lost some of its appeal. 

Volkswagen thinks there's still place for a diesel-powered lukewarm performance Golf and will be celebrating the 8th iteration of the GTD at the 2020 Geneva International Motor Show. Volkswagen is claiming this all-new Golf 8 GTD will be one of the most powerful and cleanest. Volkswagen is claiming a significant increase in performance as well as the lowest emissions, with the new motor's efficiency significantly optimised and CO2 emissions cut even further. Without going into much detail, Volkswagen is putting the improvements down to 'a new twin dosing SCR with double AdBlue® injection.'

When it was launched, the SA-spec Volkswagen Golf GTD came with a 2.0-litre turbodiesel motor, which offered 130 kW and 350 Nm. Power reached the front wheels via a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission and it was claimed to hit 100 kph in 7.4 seconds, while consuming 5.0 L/100 km. We'll see the all-new Volkswagen Golf 8 GTD be revealed in the first week of March 2020 and based on a leak recently, we're expecting outputs of 147 kW. 

Further Reading

Volkswagen Golf GTD (2017) Video Review

Volkswagen Golf GTD (2017) Quick Review

Volkswagen Golf R + GTD (2017) Launch Review

Volkswagen Golf R, GTI & GTD (2017) Track Comparison Video