Volkswagen Golf R Cabriolet is already in the last stages of development, according to an Autocar report. It will start selling in the spring of 2013. This is the fastest drop-top Golf built so far. It is based on the existing Mk6 Cabriolet. But what makes the Cabriolet different from the Golf R hatchback is that it will be front-wheel drive only.
Volkswagen hasn’t yet released the official performance figures but it will probably be powered by the 261bhp 2.0-litre TSI unit from the Scirocco R, giving it an acceleration time of six seconds to go from zero to 62mph and a top speed of 155mph. It’s believed that a six-speed manual gearbox will be offered together with a DSG option.
The price list has yet to be officially announced. However, the £6000 premium for the Golf R hatchback over the GTI is expected to be reduced to about £4500, because of the Cabriolet's less expensive front-drive configuration. This would make the R Cabriolet have a price of about £34,000. Last year, Volkswagen unveiled a teaser of the production Golf R Cabrio at the Worthersee tuning show in Austria.
This concept is equipped with sports suspension and it also sits 25mm lower than the standard Cabriolet. The revisions likely to make it on the production model include 18in Talladega alloy wheels and ventilated discs with blue callipers. It will also be fitted with the usual Golf R attachments like the aluminium sill plates, carbonfibre trim, R badging and sports seats.