VW Golf GTD launched

* High-powered diesel Golf * 136mph top speed, 53mpg * On sale in July...

VW Golf GTD launched

Volkswagen has unveiled a diesel-powered alternative to its Golf GTI hot hatch.

The Golf GTD is powered by a 168bhp 2.0-litre common-rail turbodiesel, and can go from 0-62mph in 8.1seconds and onto a top speed of 136mph.

While that can't match the GTI's performance stats of 6.9seconds and 149mph, the GTD is capable of 53mpg and VW says it can travel 650 miles on a tank of fuel, while CO2 emissions are pegged at 139g/km.

The GTD gets the GTI's suspension set-up, with stiffer springs and firmer shock absorbers than regular Golfs.

It will also be available with Volkswagen's Active Control Chassis, and it gets a similar bodykit to the GTI's, with the same honeycomb grille.

The car will be available with either a six-speed manual gearbox or VW's six-speed DSG semi-automatic transmission.

UK pricing has yet to be announced, but VW has said it will cost more than the less powerful Golf GT TDI, which starts at 19,230 for the three-door, but less than the 22,410 it charges for the GTI.