Volkswagen to develop carbon fiber roofs for Golf GTI and GTD image

The German based automaker Volkswagen has recently announced its plans to introduce a carbon fiber roof for its high performance Golf models.

The announcement has been made by the company’s research and development boss, Ulrich Hackenberg, who said that the carbon fiber roof which will be developed for the new Golf GTI and Golf GTD will save approximately 18 to 20 lbs (8 to 9 kg) in the cars’ weight, but the most difficult task, apparently, is to create a set of waterproof joints for sealing the body sides and windshield. The carbon fiber roof will probably be offered as an option, but no more details on the subject are being known for the moment.

As a quick reminder, the new VW Golf GTI is getting a 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder direct injected petrol engine under its hood. The model is coming in two performance versions, with 220 PS (162 kW) and 230 PS (169 kW). Both variants are getting a 6-speed transmission and a stop/start system as standard. Fuel consumption stands at 6.0L / 100km and CO2 emissions stop at 139 g/km. The new Golf GTD is getting a 2.0L TDI diesel engine, which is good for 182 BHP. The 0 to 100 km/h sprint takes 7.5 seconds and top speed stands at 142 mph.

Source: edmunds