New Volkswagen Golf GTI Cabriolet revealed
by Bob Aldons - Northstar Volkswagen
The Europeans get it too good sometimes. With a concentrated population within a few hours' drive, train ride or plane flight, Motor Shows abound. And without doubt one of the most famous is the Geneva Motor Show on Switzerland.
I had the privilege of seeing it first hand in 2008 - the venue was enormous with every major brand represented with current models and many styling editions. 2012 is no exception with Volkswagen introducing the Golf Cabriolet GT to the already packed Volkswagen line-up.
This will be the last iteration of this Golf series with the mark 7 due in the middle of next year. Whilst we may not receive this model at Northstar Volkswagen, it expresses the design capabilities of the brand - not that the 'base' vehicle isn't enough. We expect sales of our current model to increase as the weather cools and people can experience top down motoring without worrying about the effects of our harsh sunlight
2013 Volkswagen Golf GTI Cabriolet
Volkswagen has released the first images and details of the most powerful production Golf GTI Cabriolet to ever grace the planet. It is the first time we have seen the open-top variant of the Golf GTI since the first generation and is likely to be the final variant of the current model series before it is replaced next year.
The Golf GTI Cabriole sources its personality from a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine. It generates 210 PS (155 kW / 208 hp) and 206 lbs ft (280 Nm) of torque at just 1,700rpm and is mated with a the six-speed manual or optional six-speed dual-clutch DSG gearbox. Whilst the GTI hatch is capable of accelerating from 0-100kph (0-62mph) in 6.9 seconds, the Golf GTI Cabriolet is 0.4 seconds shy of that figure due to its aerodynamic disadvantages. Top speed is reached at 147 mph (236kph).
The Golf GTI Cabriolet features an electrically powered fabric roof that takes 9.5 seconds to fold away and can be operated at speeds of up to 18mph (30kph).
Sales will begin during the second half of 2012 with pricing set to be announced closer to the launch date. Those wanting to get a closer look at the Golf GTI Cabriolet will have the chance when it celebrates its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show next week.