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Geneva LIVE: 2014 Volkswagen GTD

by Andrew Ganz

VW\'s diesel-powered hot hatch will hit European dealers later this year - will it come to the U.S.?

Add a high-performance diesel engine to a Volkswagen GTI hot hatch and what do you get? The Volkswagen GTD, which will achieve 56 mpg on the European cycle and sprint to 60 mph in just 7.5 seconds.

Set to bow early next month at the Geneva Motor Show, the GTD is exactly what it sounds like: A GTI with diesel power. Physically identical to the new GTI, which will come to the United States this fall, the GTD's only notable change is under its hood.

The GTD's 184 horsepower, 280 lb-ft. of torque 2.0-liter turbodiesel four-cylinder will be mated to either a six-speed manual or a six-speed dual clutch DSG gearbox. Like the GTI, power is sent exclusively to the front wheels.

Despite being able to hit 60 mph from a stop in a decent 7.5 seconds and topping out at 143 mph, the GTD emits a reasonable 109 g/km of CO2.

That 56 mpg figure - which is measured using European testing standards that are vastly different from those used by the EPA in the United States - drops to 50 mpg if the DSG is selected.

Will the GTD come to the U.S.? For now, VW is remaining mum, but the automaker certainly is promoting its diesel offerings here - so anything is possible.

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