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VW readies the Golf R Cabriolet for production

Big power and mean looks for the sportiest soft top Golf...

The hottest ever Golf Cabriolet will go on sale in Spring 2013, aiming to offer a thrilling open air experience with the quality and reliability of VW’s most popular model.

Taking the 2.0 litre turbocharged petrol engine from the Scirocco R with 261 bhp, the Golf R Cabrio manages 0 – 62 mph in 5.8 seconds on the way to a limited 155 mph top speed. Unlike the DSG-only Golf R hatchback the Cabrio will be offered with a six speed manual as well as the dual clutch option.

The Golf R Cabriolet will be priced around £34,000, which is less than the jump from Golf GTi to Golf R due to the cheaper front wheel drive configuration. This will mean there is less grip than the hatchback, but there are no real issues in the Scirocco R so this should handle just as well. We’ve already seen that the Golf Cabrio GTi manages to handle with the same clarity and precision as the hatchback, so there’s no reason why we can expect anything less of the R version.

VW have released a new video of the R Cabrio, showing that the production model has changed very little over the concept shown at the Worthersee show in 2011. The same blue paint and large 'Talladega' alloy wheels in 18 or 19-inch sizes will be offered.

Inside we can expect the same treatment as the Golf R hatchback, with a set of high-backed racing seats, carbon fibre trim and lots of R badging.

Images and video courtesy of VW


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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 - Tim has worked in the automotive sector for many years, but has been a fan of anything with 2 or 4... read more