Volkswagen is readying the Golf R Cabriolet, the fastest drop-top Volkswagen to date
19 December 2012

A Volkswagen Golf R Cabriolet is entering the final stages of development, Autocar understands. The fastest drop-top Golf to date will use the current Mk6 Cabriolet as a basis and will go on sale in Spring 2013.

Unlike the Golf R hatchback, the Cabriolet will be front-wheel drive only. No official performance figures have been revealed, but it is likely to feature the 261bhp 2.0-litre TSI unit from the Scirocco R, endowing it with a 0-62mph time of around six seconds and a 155mph top speed.

A six-speed manual gearbox is tipped to be offered alongside a DSG option.

No pricing information has been announced, but the £6000 premium for the Golf R hatchback over the GTI is likely to be cut to around £4500, due to the Cabriolet's cheaper front-drive configuration. That would see the R Cabriolet priced around £34,000.

Volkswagen first teased a production Golf R Cabrio at the Worthersee tuning show in Austria in 2011. The concept featured sports suspension and the car sat 25mm lower than the standard Cabriolet. Modifications expected to appear on the production model include 18in Talladega alloy wheels and ventilated discs with blue callipers.

Familiar Golf R trinkets, including aluminium sill plates, carbonfibre trim, R badging and sports seats will also be fitted.

Our Verdict

Volkswagen Golf R 2010-2012
The Golf R the fastest and most expensive Golf, but with a few options it is very expensive indeed

The Volkswagen Golf R is based on the Audi S3, but is rated below it due to less standard equipment and extra cost

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20 December 2012

...but still looks like a girly car! Shame you can't have a hairy chested VW drop top as the mechanics look fun.

15 July 2013

This was a really good article. I have learned so much about this car. I really do appreciate this so much. Bob Degeer

20 December 2012

So it's a £34k car based on an old model?

20 December 2012

With only front drive the USP for this car is less than originally expected over the GTi version.

Personally, I think I'd stick with the GTi and pocket the cash, considering it is really only going to be a little more grunt and a body kit.



It's all about the twisties........

20 December 2012

Erm some how i dont think they would make a new car based on an old car, they must know that no one will buy it?

20 December 2012

Volkswagen, of course, have history of making the cabriolet last through two generations of the Golf model.

I much prefer the front end of this model to the new, droopy-shouldered model, with its cheapo plastic trim lines through the headlights.

20 December 2012

catnip wrote:

Volkswagen, of course, have history of making the cabriolet last through two generations of the Golf model...


It's something that I've never able to fathom.

6 June 2013

These type of articles keeps the users interest in the website, and keep on sharing more ... good luck.

20 December 2012

Nice interior, not so sure about the rest of it, performance car should have a Roof.

Peter Cavellini.

20 December 2012

In reality the Mk 6 was a heavily facelifted Mk5 which itself was launched in 2003, so when the Golf R cabriolet is launched next year, punters will be buying what is essentially a 10 year old design.


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