The new 2010 Volkswagen Golf GTD—essentially a diesel version of the sporty GTI—gets a new 168-horsepower version of the in-line four that makes 258 lb-ft of torque; that’s significantly more than the 140 hp and 236 lb-ft that currently goes into the Volkswagen Jetta and Jetta Sportwagen (and is due later this year in new versions of those cars plus the Golf). The GTD gets either a six-speed manual gearbox or VW’s excellent six-speed DSG gearbox
VW says the new GTD’s engine is stronger, more economical, and quieter than ever before. Yet it has performance that compares with the base 2.0T engine in the GTI; it can reach 62 mph (100 km/.h) in just 8.1 seconds with a top speed of 138 mph. The GTD achieves a surprising 44.4 mpg (U.S.) in the European cycle—roughly equivalent EPA highway figures—so with its 14.6-gallon fuel tank, that permits a range of more than 600 miles.
Source: The Car Connection