It’s no surprise that the updates offered for the GTD version are nearly identical to the ones offered in the standard version and include updates to the exterior and some extra horses under the hood.
Most of the work was made under the hood where the tuner installed its ABT Power kit that increases the four-cylinder’s output up to a total of 210 horsepower and 317 pound-feet of torque - up from the standard 184 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque.
To give the Golf the look to match the added power, ABT Sportsline also offers an aerodynamic kit and a set of aftermarket wheels. Also, for a better engine sound, the rear pipes were replaced with new ones.
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Volkswagen Golf GTD by ABT Sportsline in Detail
In order to make the Golf GTD look more powerful, ABT also offers a series of exterior upgrades. There is a new front spoiler, a new rear skirt and new side skirts. To help boost the GTD’s assertive look, there is a new front grille - a must for any ABT update - new headlight covers, a new trunk lid attachment and new mirror caps.
Customers can choose between 18- or 19-inch light-alloy wheels wrapped in sports tires. The kit is all wrapped up with a new rear exhaust system that improves the note the engine emits.
Gallery Volkswagen Golf GTD
The VW Golf, now in its seventh generation, is still such a star. Since 2013, it even bears the designations of European “Car of the Year” and “World Car of the Year“. As the GTD, this car from Wolfsburg has now been equipped with a powerful diesel engine and has a sporty look. Showing a high performance and a low fuel consumption, this torquey Volkswagen is economically very efficient, which explains why this variant is particularly coveted. ABT Sportsline wants to underscore the dynamic look of the Golf GTD and has equipped it, like its predecessors, with Bavarian extras: customised aerodynamic elements are just as much part of it as is a powerful and dependable uprating.
“The objective was to make this compact diesel even sportier. Our ABT Golf VII GTD is a very, very stylish power package,” says Hans-Jürgen Abt, CEO of the globally largest tuner of cars produced by the Volkswagen Group. The extensive aerodynamics package includes a front spoiler, front grille, side skirts and trunk lid attachment. Augmented by the right headlight covers and mirror covers, this all makes for an assertive look that underscores the aesthetics of the GTD. The four-pipe exhaust and rear skirt insert are also very striking indeed.
But this diesel is not only visually powerful and energetic. Thanks to ABT Power, the compact diesel engine has about 210 hp/155 kW (serial version: 184 hp/135 kW). With about 430 Nm (serial version: 380 Nm), the GTD can be very torquey. If you want to combine huge fun with economic efficiency, the ABT Golf GTD is exactly what you want. And with the right tires it is even made better: the dynamic VW simply needs the ER-C or DR 18 or 19-inch alloy wheels...
This package is really quite something: it’s fun to drive and saves money into the bargain. This roadworthy car is also visually attractive. So, the ABT Golf VII GTD is simply a “Great Top Diesel“.