2013 Volkswagen Golf GTI Cabriolet

Following on from its more aggressive looking Concept car, Volkswagen has unveiled the brand new Golf GTI Cabriolet model ahead of its official reveal in Geneva next week.

Powered by the same 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine as its hatchback counterpart, the GTI Cabriolet has 155 kW (210 hp) and 280 Nm of torque at its disposal, and can be specified with an optional six-speed dual-clutch DSG transmission or standard six-speed manual. 100 km/h (62 mph) appears in 7.3 seconds, while top speed is 237 km/h (147 mph), with average fuel consumption working out at 7.6 litres per 100 kilometres (DSG: 7.7 l/100 km).

Apart from the electrically-powered fabric roof, which folds away in just 9.5 seconds, the rest of the car bears all of the distinctive GTI elements of the tin-topped model, including a honeycomb front grille with red edging around the upper section, vertical fog lights, smoked LED tail lights, discreet sill extensions, and a rear diffuser which frames those twin chrome tailpipes. 17-inch ‘Monza’ alloy wheels with 225/45 tyres come as standard with 18-inch ‘Detroit’ wheels with 225/40s available as an upgrade.

Moving inside, there are stainless steel pedals, leather-trimmed multifunction steering wheel, handbrake and gear lever gaiter – all with red stitching, while the seats are trimmed in classic tartan ‘Jacara’ cloth upholstery (or optional ‘Vienna’ leather).

[Source: Volkswagen]

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