2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI, GTE and GTD: More powerful, more boring

The 2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI, GTE and GTD have been revealed as nearly ready for production concepts, and they’re bland, but fast.

The new Mark VIII Golf GTI has a 2L turbo I4 with 180kW (241hp) and 370Nm (273 lb-ft), and a 6-speed manual or 7-speed DSG transmission.

For both power and economy, the new Golf GTE has a 1.4L turbo I4 plug-in hybrid system with 180kW (241hp) and 400Nm (295 lb-ft), and a 13kWh battery. It has a WLTP EV range of 60km (37mi) and an EV top speed of 130km/h (81mph).

The GTE always starts off in EV mode.

If you haven’t heard about Dieselgate and still love oil burners, the 2020 Golf GTD has a 2L turbo-diesel I4 with 147kW (197hp) and 400Nm (295 lb-ft), and a 7-speed DSG.

The GTD, GTE, and GTI are sleepers with a little modified exterior, including a new front bumper with honeycomb grille and distinctive LED fog lights. The GTI has red highlights, GTE blue, and GTD silver.

All three cars have 17″ wheels, XDS electronic differential lock, DCC adaptive chassis control, LED headlamps and taillamps, black rear diffuser, black side sills, perforated leather steering with touch controls, and a 10.25″ digital instruments with 30 color choices as standard.

The GTI and GTD have 15mm (0.6″) lower suspension too. 18″ and 19″ wheels are optional.