VW Golf GTD races BMW 1 Series and Skoda Octavia RS in the diesel showdown
Diesel performance cars never got as hot in the US as they did in Europe. In this video we can see what American drivers are missing when we cannot buy these models.
The Volkswagen Golf GTD is the most expensive of the range, priced at £ 32,845 in the UK ($ 46,432 at current exchange rates). It has a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel that develops 200 horsepower (149 kilowatts) and 295 pound-feet (400 newton meters). A seven-speed dual clutch automatic transmits the power to the front wheels.
The Skoda Octavia vRS shares the same powertrain as the GTD, but is slightly cheaper at £ 32,265 ($ 45,612). It’s also more of a wagon than a five-door hatchback, so there’s a bit more room inside, but with increased weight.
Finally, the BMW 120d has a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel that develops 190 PS (142 kW) and 295 pound-feet (400 Newton meters). An eight-speed automatic transmits the power to the front wheels. This model costs £ 32,605 ($ 46,087).
In the first drag race, the VW drives to an easy win, and the actual race takes place between the Skoda and BMW. The 120d got off to a bad start and the Octavia vRS is leading the way.
Because of the problems with the BMW, they run the race again. There is a distinct difference, and the 120d actually leads the way at the start. However, it cannot hold the lead. The end result is the same as the first time with the VW on top.
With a speed of 80 km / h in comfort driving mode, the BMW takes the lead early on. The VW drives slowly. Then the Skoda just passed the 120d.
The repetition of the race with the vehicles in sport mode has a surprising result. The Skoda and the VW are next to each other most of the time. Then the Octavia pulls forward just short to score a win.