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Golf 7 sports diesel, electric teased

Volkswagem has leaked details of two more Golf 7 variants ahead of their world debut on 5 March at the Geneva motor show.

The first is the top diesel variant, the GTD, boasting a two-litre, common-rail TDI mill for which they quote 135kW at 3500 and 379Nm from 1750-3250rpm - 10kW and 30Nm better than the previous GTD.

Standard transmission is a six-speed manual, good for 0-110km/h in 7.5 seconds and 230km/h flat out; a dual-clutch set-up with the same number of ratios is an option.

SPORTS KIT

According to Wolfsburg, the GTD averages 4.1 litres per 100km and 139g/km of CO2.

The GTD comes with sportier bumpers, a bigger tailgate spoiler and wider sills than the vanilla-flavour Golf 7, and rides on sports suspension and 17” alloys shod with 225/45 rubber.

Inside, 'hot diesel' is spelled out by black headlining, sports seats, a sports steering wheel and stainless-steel pedals.

PURE ELECTRIC

Then there's the Golf-e, with closed, reshaped front treatment and slightly different head and tail lights to let you know it doesn't burn anything in order to propel itself.

The instrument panel is also special to this version, with charge and amperage meters replacing the standard rev-counter and fuel gauges, and a different set of pages on the trip data computer.

Apparently it has an 85kW electric motor that delivers 270Nm off the line and takes the Golf-e from 0-100 in 11.8 seconds and on to a (limited) 135km/h.

QUICK CHARGE

The 205 kg, 26.5kWh lithium-ion battery sits under the rear seats, where VW say it doesn't affect boot space, and gives the car a range of up to 175km, depending on road condition and the weight of the driver's right foot.

They also say you can recharge the battery from flat in just 20 minutes using a three-phase quick-charger (which we reckon would also produce an intimidating amount of heat) or in about eight hours using single-phase 220V domestic current, which sounds a bit more realistic.

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