After unveiling the sixth generation Golf, Volkswagen also announced there will also be three sporty versions.

First there will be the GTI version that will be revealed at the Paris Auto Show. It will deliver 210 hp and will go on sale before mid-year 2009 with prices starting at 26,400 euros (or about $38,150 at current rates, if converted directly.)

The turbo-boosted GTI has a claimed 0 to100 kilometers per hour (62.5 mph) time of 7.2 seconds and a top speed of 239 km/hour, or just under 150 mph.

Next is the Golf GTD, due to go into production next April. Powered by a common-rail diesel generating 170hp, it will start at 27,225 euros, or about $39,340.

The new Golf’s range topper will be an all-wheel-drive "R" version from Volkswagen Individual. The in-house customization unit boosts the GTI to 270 hp and adds a black gleaming diffuser, among other features.

The production launch for the Golf R is early November 2009. Its price has not been disclosed.

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Source: Automotive News Europe

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