New Volkswagen Golf R Cabriolet with 265PS is the Last Hurrah for the Mk6


Volkswagen is sending off the sixth generation of its Golf series with a powerful bang in the form of the new Golf R Cabriolet that was officially revealed today after many months of teasing.

At the heart of the first-ever open-top "R" badged model and simultaneously, the fastest-ever production Golf Cabriolet in the history of the series, beats the same 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four petrol as found in the Golf R hatch, albeit slightly de-tuned at 261hp (265PS).

Unlike the tin-top model, though, the Golf R Cabriolet ditches the Haldex 4motion all-wheel drive system with power transmitted to the front wheels alone via a standard six-speed DSG gearbox.

VW quotes an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph (250km/h), and a 0-62 mph (100km/h) sprint in 6.4 seconds, which is 0.4 seconds less than what it had said it would do during the presentation of the pre-production concept at the 2011 W├Ârthersee GTI meet.

The cloth-top model sports the same styling kit as the hatch , with bespoke front and rear bumpers, LED daytime running lights, bi-xenon headlights with black housings, gloss-black door mirror casings and black-painted brake callipers with R logo.

The side sill extensions, a gloss black rear diffuser framed by chrome-tipped exhausts on either side, smoked LED tail lights, a 25mm lowered body and 18- or optionally, 19-inch alloy wheels complete the more aggressive exterior look.

Inside, the interior features four individual sports seats in ‘Vienna Cool Leather’ and ‘R’ logos in the head restraints, along with a flat-bottom steering wheel and aluminum trims.

As with any other Golf Cabriolet, the fabric hood is operated by a switch in the center console, and can be lowered in 9.5 seconds at speeds of up to 18 mph (29km/h) and raised in 11.0 seconds.

For the time being, we know that the Golf R Cabriolet will go on sale in Europe this spring, priced at £38,770 OTR in the UK, and €43,325 in Germany. VW has not said if it plans to offer the car in other parts of the world.




Sam Woolley said... »February 07, 2013

oh yes

Sam Woolley said... »February 07, 2013

just seen the fact that is not offered with 4WD and the exhausts aren't mounted like the R hatch.... and the price!!! that's 3 series territory! so no thanks...

Stephen Craig said... »February 13, 2013

That is a beautiful automobile! I have owned
several Volkswagens in my lifetime and have always appreciated their
style and dependability. It is a real shame that there is no news for this to
be released in the States…I would love to take this for a test drive.

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