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The Mercury Cars Guide : April 4th 2009
Saturday, April 4, 2009 the club The maximum toque now has an earlier entry and even better spread from 1700-5200rpm (1800-5000 previously), but there is no gain over the 0-100km/h of 6.9 seconds (auto) and 7.2 seconds (manual) of the outgoing mode. However, the rolling acceleration from 80-120km/h is 7.5 seconds in fifth gear and 9.6 seconds in sixth—slower than figures clocked during independent tests of GTI MkV that had it at 6.9 and 8.6 respectively. However it has picked up 5km for the top speed to come in at 240 km/h, and has cut fuel consumption from 8.2l/100km down to 7.5l/100. Emissions are similarly down from 197g/km of CO2 to 170g/km of CO2, helping it meet Euro 5 emissions compli- ance. Those hoping to see the seven-speed twin- clutch transmission that is trickling across the Volkswa- gen stables will be disappointed as the GTI is keeping the six-slot DSG for the moment, along with the six-speed manual until the seven is de- veloped to handle a better torque load. However there are still some important although not revolution- ary—changes under the skin, including a new electronically controlled diff that loads up the inside wheel in cornering for better traction, handling and to reduce understeer. It’s not activated by slip and not actually a diff lock as such, but more an application of judicious braking to bring the wheel under better control. And just in case you exceed the limit of the diffs ability, theres now a seventh (knee) airbag. Themainfeature (seen ona lot of stable-mate 4 Audis cars) is an adaptive chassis control system with three modes — comfort, normal and sport—that can be selected to change the suspension and steering to suit the conditions. Sadly, its not standard but an option on other Golfs, and could end up being an expensive addition to the GTI. Also available as an option is adaptive cruise control, which automatically brakes and accel- erates between 30k-210 km/h, bi-xenon head- lights, revised park assist that now guides you into any spot as small as 1.1metres longer than the car (1.4 previously). There are no indications yet of whether the GTI will be hit with a huge price increase, and the decision is more likely to depend on currency exchange rates than any other factor. However VW Aus- tralia spokesman Karl Gehling says ef- forts will be made to keep it close to the current models prices, which start at $38,990 for the three- door manual. ‘‘We worked hard on the new Golf to maintain a competi- tive price point, and will do the same with GTI,’’ Gehling says. ‘‘We want to keep it as close to the current pricing as possible, but we have to take into account the different specification for the new GTI,and of course there’s the effect of whatever happens with the Australian dollar. Gehling says that while he won’t make any sales predictions, VW could reasonably expect to hold the current figures of 200-250 per month. D FOR DIESEL: Volkswagen’s new Golf GTD. ANEWdiesel with a focus on performance is joining the Golf range. The Golf GTD unveiled at Leipzig Motor Showwill goon sale mid-year and arrive here in the last quarter of the year. Following the approach of the previous diesel Golf GT, Volkswagen says theGTDwill aim to offer both performance and economy. VW is promising a 0-100km/h time of 8.1 seconds (1.2 seconds behind the GTI) and a fuel figure of 5.3l/km (the GTI uses 7.5l) from the GTDs 2.0-litre turbodiesel that develops 127kW of power and 350Nm of torque, which hits at a fairly low 1750 revs. Lessons learned in the development of the sixth-gen GTI give the GTD sharp response from a chassis lowered 15mm more than the standard Golf (the GTI is 15mm lower at rear and 22mm at front), effortless performance and even a stirring engine note. It will get the GTI’s black honeycombgrille, badge style and new nose design with a body- coloured bar and parallel horizontal accents —chrome rather than the GTI’s red—while the interior will similarly feature a flat- bottomed wheel and tartan fabric. But it’s not a ‘GTID‘,’’ says VW’s global head of Golf and GTI engineering develop- ment Rolf Trump. ‘‘There will never be a GTID. GTI means petrol engine,’’ Trump says. ‘‘But GTD will be very close in terms of performance. It will get to 100km/h in 8.1 seconds, and from 80-120km/h in 8 seconds in fifth gear and 10 seconds in sixth. Trumpsays a lot of calibration is still being done on the car so it can carry the diesel properly. Prices are yet to be confirmed. KARLA PINCOTT Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au CARSguide —3 Dashing diesel in lineup DAY MARATHON SALE ENDS TODAY AT 4PM! LAST CHANCE! Performance Automobiles Cnr. Argyle & Burnett Streets www.performanceautomobiles.com.au New A/H: Adrian Millington 0438 062 259 Pre-Owned A/H: Mike Nebbs 0417 089 631 6210 7000 Enter the draw to win $5,000 cash!* To be eligible you must purchase a vehicle between Wednesday and Saturday.
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