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2014 VW Golf GTD Combines the GTI With an Efficient Diesel Engine

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VW has taken the wraps off the new 2014 VW Golf GTD, which is based on the new seventh-generation Golf. The Golf GTD is basically a VW GTI, but its turbocharged gas engine has been swapped out for a 184-hp turbocharged diesel engine.

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The Golf GTD is powered by a 2.0L TDI diesel engine with 184 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque that's delivered from just 1750 rpm. When equipped with the six-speed manual transmission, the GTD has an European cycle combined fuel economy figure of 56 mpg, while with the optional six-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission, the combined fuel consumption is 50 mpg.

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On the outside he Golf GTD gets smoked LED taillights, chrome dual tailpipes, 17-inch GTD wheels with 225/45 tires, a lowered sport suspension and body enhancements that include side skirts, a rear diffuser, and a large roof spoiler.

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The interior gets sport seats with a tartan pattern ("Clark"), black headliner, a sport steering wheel, stainless-steel pedals and foot rest, a GTD shifter grip, and a model-specific instrument cluster. Standard features include white ambience lighting, "Climatronic" automatic climate control, park assist, and Volkswagen's latest touchscreen infotainment system.

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The GTD will be offered in three colors: "Tornado Red", "Black", and "Pure White". The car goes on sale in Germany in June with a base price of 29,350 euros.

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