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Volkswagen Golf GTI Cabriolet revealed

Another pre-Geneva unveiling...

Volkswagen has released the first images and details of the new Golf GTI Cabriolet. According to Volkswagen this is the most powerful Golf Cabrio ever, which is a pretty weak claim to fame if we’re honest.

It is the first time we have seen a GTi variant of the open-top Golf since the first generation and is likely to be the final variant of the current model series before it is replaced next year. What confuses us is why VW persist with both the Golf Cabrio and the Eos. Both share a platform, engines and styling, just that the Eos has a folding hard top. The Eos is even available with the same engine as this GTi Cabrio.

Anyway, the Golf GTI Cabrio is powered by the same 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine as the hatchback. It generates 208 bhp and 206 lb/ft of torque, fed through a six-speed manual or optional six-speed dual-clutch DSG gearbox. Whilst the GTI hatch is capable of accelerating from 0-62mph in 6.9 seconds, the GTI Cabriolet is 0.4 seconds shy of that figure due to its aerodynamic disadvantages. Top speed is 147 mph.

The styling holds no surprises, with the same front end as the GTi hatch featuring the red bordered grille, wide lower grille and vertical fog lights. The rear end also gets the same twin exhaust outlets and the Cabrio comes on 17” alloys while the more common 18” Monza wheels are an option.

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.

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 receives its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show next week.

Images courtesy of Volkswagen

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About Tim Oldland

Contributing Editor - Long time petrolhead, automotive design engineer and journalist. Also Social Media Manager for the ecurie25 Group - www.ecurie25.com Tim has worked in the automotive sector for many years, but has been a fan of anything with 2 or 4... read more