Volkswagen has launched a GTI version of the new Volkswagen Golf cabriolet at the Geneva motor show
7 March 2012

Volkswagen has launched a GTI version of the new Volkswagen Golf cabriolet at the Geneva motor show. It will be available to order in the UK in July ahead of first deliveries in September.

The 207bhp/207lb ft drop-top (VW’s most powerful and first GTI Golf convertible to date), will crack the sprint to 62mph from standing in 7.3sec before reaching a top speed of 147mph (146mph with DSG).

VW claims fuel consumption of 37.2mpg with emissions of 177g/km of Co2. By contrast, the tin-top version of the same car achieves 38.7mpg and 170g/km of Co2.

The hydraulically operated cloth roof takes 9.5 seconds to open and can be operated up to speeds of 18mph.

Features of VW’s hot cabriolet car ape those of the standard GTI’s. These include the model’s red-rimmed radiator grille, GTI bumpers, rear diffuser and 17-inch ‘Monza’ alloys, which are wrapped in 225/45 rubber. Tartan sports seats and a leather-trimmed steering wheel also make the list.

With the roof down, the Golf GTI cabriolet’s boot can swallow a class-leading 250 litres; a Mini convertible musters exactly half this figure. Prices are yet to be revealed, but it is expected to cost just over £27,000.

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29 February 2012

Sticking a GTi badge on the rump of this car could be a dangerous thing. Just hope they have managed to retain the chassis rigidity enough to make it the decent drive the badge promises.

That said, I'd rather have one of these than an Eos any day.

 

 

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

29 February 2012

[quote Autocar]It will be available to order in the UK in July ahead of first deliveries in September.[/quote]

Just in time for winter then...

Good to see the return of the tartan seats. I recently tried to spec a GTi on the UK configurator but it only allowed the boring (but comfy) black leather seats.


29 February 2012

Will be very surprised if the GTI has 17's as standard. That's what the SE version gets, and the GT gets 18's as standard.

29 February 2012

[quote Autocar]VW’s most powerful and first GTI Golf convertible to date[/quote]

First GTI convertible, eh? What about the mk1 then? Not the most powerful convertible they've made either, as the Eos came with a V6 for a while and that had more power. A very ambiguous sentence there!

And yes, morellomax, the GTI does come with 17" alloys as standard, as does the GT...

29 February 2012

[quote simonali]

[quote Autocar]VW’s most powerful and first GTI Golf convertible to date[/quote]

First GTI convertible, eh? What about the mk1 then? Not the most powerful convertible they've made either, as the Eos came with a V6 for a while and that had more power. A very ambiguous sentence there!

And yes, morellomax, the GTI does come with 17" alloys as standard, as does the GT...

[/quote] ...wasn't that branded a GLi?

29 February 2012

Bearing in mind that you can get an Eos and A3 Cabriolet with the same engine, this is isn't really a car worth getting too excited about.

A Golf R Convertible on the other hand...

29 February 2012

[quote Autocar]Volkswagen will launch a GTI version of the new Volkswagen Golf cabriolet at the Geneva motor show next week. It will be available to order in the UK in July ahead of first deliveries in September.

The 207bhp/207lb ft drop-top (VW’s most powerful and first GTI Golf convertible to date), will crack the sprint to 62mph from standing in 7.3sec before reaching a top speed of 147mph (146mph with DSG).

Read the full article[/quote] £27K!!!!!!, no, not worth that.

Peter Cavellini.

29 February 2012

[quote Mario B]...wasn't that branded a GLi?[/quote]

Nope, there was definitely a GTI version.

29 February 2012

[quote simonali]

[quote Mario B]...wasn't that branded a GLi?[/quote]

Nope, there was definitely a GTI version.

[/quote]

I agree - my neighbour used to have a Mark 1 Golf GTI cabrio a few years back, great looking car.

As an aside, Volkswagen offer a GTI version of the Jetta in the USA which is branded "GLI":

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:2012_Volkswagen_Jetta_GLI_--_2012_DC.JPG

29 February 2012

[quote simonali]

[quote Autocar]VW’s most powerful and first GTI Golf convertible to date[/quote]

First GTI convertible, eh? What about the mk1 then? Not the most powerful convertible they've made either, as the Eos came with a V6 for a while and that had more power. A very ambiguous sentence there!

And yes, morellomax, the GTI does come with 17" alloys as standard, as does the GT...

[/quote]

Must try harder - we're talking about the Cabriolet, not the hatchback - GT comes with 18's - see bottom of linked page, or your nearest showroom, or even Google:

http://www.volkswagen.co.uk/#/new/golf-cabriolet-nf/which-model/compare/...

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