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http://www.autoblog.com/2009/10/08/vw-golf-gtd-may-arrive-with-170-hp-jetta-tdi-cup-replica-coming/

This is the 170hp GTI w/diesel engine.

Prior to the U.S. launch of the Volkwagen Golf MK VI, a few months back rumors emerged that the Americans were going to get a crack at the GTD version of the hatchback. For those unfamiliar with the GTD, it's essentially the much loved GTI but with a 170 hp version of the 2.0-liter TDI diesel. Unfortunately, when we got the details on the Golf lineup last week, the GTD wasn't included. While in Germany this week to drive the new Golf lineup, we spoke with VW of America product planner Andres Valbuena about the GTD's fortunes, and the news is promising.

According to Valbuena, while the GTD didn't make the cut for launch, it is still under consideration. In fact the GTD could arrive within the next 18 months. Originally, it was speculated that the GTD would likely carry the existing 140 horsepower diesel along with all of the other good bits. Valbuena tells us that if they do offer the GTD in the U.S., VW will do it right and bring the high output 170 hp engine.

One car that's definitely coming is the Jetta TDI Cup model. This is essentially a street legal version of the race car but without the race bits like the roll cage. It will get the same front fascia available from the VW performance parts catalog, along with the bigger brakes, suspension upgrades and interior bits from the GLI sedan. Unfortunately, the TDI cup replica keeps the standard 140 hp engine instead of the 170 hp unit in the race cars. The cup car will probably have its public debut at LA Auto Show in December prior to going on sale in January.
 

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Sure, as soon as the GTI-R comes ;) I'll believe it when I see it. They would have put it in the TDI Cup model if they wanted the 170 hp engine.
 

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While this is true, the 170 horsepower engine in the GTD could also go into a GLI diesel, the TDI cup racer, a base Audi A4, Tiguan, Audi TT, it almost makes too much sense to bring it!
 

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I'm curious if it can be tuned much or if they already tuned the engine to a safe maximum, it only makes about 30 hp more and 20 lb-ft more than the 140 hp engine. According to this:http://www.edmunds.com/apps/vdpcontainers/do/vdp/articleId=150687/pageNumber=1

The article says this but is it different from the regular Golf TDI engine?
common-rail fuel injection, a 16.5:1 compression ratio, improved variable valve timing on the intake cam and a single KKK BorgWarner turbocharger.
 

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Noone has mentioned price. I'll bet used GTI seats from a mk5 rabbit would fit. The GTI steering wheel could be aded. Aftermarket suspension would be cheap. And of course, you could sell the take-off parts to someone else. The GTD would probably be limited in number and cost the same if not more than a GTI. In another year or two if the GTD comes the $1300 tax credit will be reduced or gone.
 

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There's a long list of differences. Here is what I think it would take to convert the TDI:

Power chip and any other supporting power mods
springs/shocks/maybe sway bars
possible bushing differences but not sure
bigger brake rotors/maybe bigger calipers
seats
steering wheel
front bumper/side skirts/rear bumper

and of course, a GTD sticker on the rear liftgate :D
 
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