2013 Volkswagen Golf GTI Cabrio priced from £29,310 in the UK

Article by Christian A., on May 3, 2012

The starting price of the new Volkswagen Golf GTI Cabriolet with a six-speed manual gearbox is £29,310 while the seven-speed DSG version is priced from £30,610. The hot new cabriolet is powered by the same 207bhp turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine that’s also used on the standard GTI model. With either gearbox, accelerating from zero to 62mph takes 7.3 seconds.

Meanwhile, the DSG variant has a top speed of 146mph while the manual-transmission car can reach up to 147mph. When it comes to combined fuel consumption figures, the manual offers 37.2mpg while the DSG one has 36.7mpg. The CO2 emissions level of the manual is at 177g/km while the DSG has 180g/km DSG.

The cabriolet has the same exterior features as the hatchback GTI with a set of 18-inch alloys, red-outlined front grille and a rear diffuser that has a chrome tailpipe on either side. The cabin seats have a cloth upholstery finish with leather offered as an option. Leather covers the multifunction steering wheel, handbrake and gear lever gaiter.

The usual contrast red stitching is also used. Just like on the standard Golf cabrio, the electrically operated roof could be folded away in only 9.5 seconds and can be operated at speeds up to 18mph. Volkswagen has started to take orders for the Golf GTI cabriolet. Deliveries will start this July.

As with every GTI, the convertible comes with a sport chassis that is 22mm lower in the front axle and 15mm lower at the rear axle. In the front, a known MacPherson-type suspension uses telescopic dampers and helical springs. At the rear, a state-of-the-art multiple-linked rear suspension makes sure that the ESP rarely needs activation. The brakes are also very sturdy. The red brake callipers are distinctly visual.

Like the hard-top version, the open top has an XDS electric differential lock standard for improved traction and handling. XDS is technically an extension of the electronic differential lock (EDS) in the vehicle’s ESP. Once it detects that the front wheel’s grip at the inside of a bend is loosening, the ESP builds up hydraulic brake pressure to re-establish optimal traction. The XDS becomes a transverse differential lock, making up for the characteristic front-wheel drive car understeer during bends at high speeds, so that XDS driving is pointedly more exact and unbiased.

Also, DCC adaptive chassis control is an available option for the new Golf GTI Cabriolet. It constantly responds to the road and drive conditions and adapts the damper features appropriately. The driver feels this straight from noteworthy enhancements in ease and active performance.

By letting drivers customise the system to their needs, DCC comes with not just a normal programme with a reasonable damping base setting, but also have sport and comfort settings, started by a button over the gear shift gate. In sport mode, the power steering is modified for more active tuning.

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