Worthersee Tour 2011: Vw Golf R Cabrio Concept

Article by Christian Andrei, on June 25, 2011

Volkswagen unveiled today at the Wörthersee Tour 2011 the all-new Golf R Cabriolet Concept, its latest addition in the R lineup. Just like the Golf R hatchback, the cabriolet is powered by the same 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder engine delivering 270 hp and 350 Newton metres from a low 2,500 rpm.

According to Vw, the Golf R Cabriolet can sprint form 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in less than six seconds and has a top speed electronically limited to 155 mph or 250 km/h, making it the fastest open-top Golf ever.

For those who don’t know, the Golf R hatchback can sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.5 seconds and has a top speed limited to 250 km/h (155 mph). Although Volkswagen didn’t give us any details regarding the fuel consumption, we do expect the same numbers delivered by the hatchback version, which means 33.2mpg and 199g/km CO2 emissions.

Furthermore, the Golf R Cabriolet was lowered by 25 mm via a sport chassis and features 17-inch brake system with internally ventilated discs at all wheels, as well as blue painted high-performance brake calipers with the R logo.

The calipers are hidden behind the 19-inch “Talladega” alloy wheels. Inside, the concept car features shell seats in dark blue carbon leather, combined with high-end Nappa leather in “Pure Grey”. The backs of the shell seats are painted in luxurious black piano paint.

Volkswagen has made the world's biggest GTI Meet at Wörthersee an even bigger deal with new models, accessories and concept cars on display. The carmaker unveiled its new Golf GTI Edition 35 to the world at the event, as well as revealing its new concept car: the Golf R Cabriolet.

The sporty Golf R Cabriolet concept car will have 270 PS power output that would give you a top speed of 250 kilometers per hour. The concept car is a great way to see how cabrio dynamics work while also showing the endless possibilities for Volkswagen's Golf. Definitely something that hardcore Volkswagen fans or just the casual car enthusiast should see!

Additionally, the German car manufacturer also unveiled the Golf R Concept and other concept cars, as well as a wide range of original accessories.

A Closer Look at the Golf R Concept Cars

Volkswagen introduced two models of the Golf R Concept at the Wörthersee car show. Both of these models are powered by the 270 PS 2.0-liter turbo engine that one could see in the Golf R and Golf R Cabriolet. What sets the pair apart is the stunning aesthetics that they have.

The first Golf R Concept's exterior is painted in velvet grey metallic. Turn heads with this instant classic! It also features carbon mirror caps, orange brake callipers, and the highly polished Talladega alloy wheel, all of which provide wonderful contrasts for the exterior, but also sets the tone for the interior design.

And if you think that the Golf R Concept is nice to look at on the outside, you definitely should open those doors and admire the fine designs inside.

Getting into the car, you can enjoy the luxury and comfort of ergonomic motorsport shell seats that are wrapped in a combination of black and light anthracite Nappa leather up front. Lighter pure grey Nappa leather is used for the seatback.

Volkswagen keeps with the theme it created for the exterior's orange brake callipers with the same contrast seen on the piping on the seat's side section and the head section. Moreover, carbon is used in the interior accents, this time matching the mirror caps. Black piano paint provides a luxurious feel to the trim of the gear shift grip and the window controls, as well as the door handles and the back shell.

Volkswagen gave its second Golf R concept car an aplomb blue paint job. Brilliant silver 19-inch Glendale wheels are introduced in the second model, while the various accents and mirror caps are in carbon, as seen in the first model. In the blue Golf R Concept, however, the parts of the back shells are also carbon. Blue leather and black Nappa leather is used for the seats, while you have carbon leather covering the inner segments of the steering wheel. And while the floor mats follow the carbon theme, the decorative stitching and seams are in fantastic blue.

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Volkswagen News at Wörthersee: Powerful 270 PS Golf R revealed as cabriolet concept!

Volkswagen has travelled to the largest GTI Meet in the world at Wörthersee with an entire fleet of new models, concept cars and accessory highlights. After revealing the new Golf GTI Edition 35 in a world debut, the company that invented the GTI will be pulling the veils off some other secret projects of a sporty nature: Volkswagen is presenting the Golf R Cabriolet as a concept car with 270 PS of power and a top speed of 250 km/h; it is a fascinating thought experiment in cabrio dynamics. This “power cabrio” also demonstrates the inexhaustible potential of the Golf. But there is more news as well: other concept cars such as the Golf R Concept and the latest original accessories will make the GTI Meet (until June 4th) a mecca for every Volkswagen fan.

Golf R Cabriolet concept: Volkswagen just recently introduced the new Golf Cabriolet, and the designers and engineers of Volkswagen R GmbH have already come up with an extremely sporty variant of this model: the Golf R Cabriolet Concept. Like its closed top counterpart, the 199 kW / 270 PS Cabriolet concept races to the 100 km/h mark in less than six seconds. Their top speeds are also identical at 250 km/h. This makes the R Cabriolet the fastest open-top Golf ever. Even more impressive, however, is the engine’s tremendous torque – 350 Newton metres from a low 2,500 rpm make this cabriolet an ideal cruiser.

Like the closed-top Golf R, the cabriolet was lowered by 25 mm via a sport chassis. A 17-inch brake system with internally ventilated discs at all wheels and blue painted high-performance brake callipers (including R-logo) enables impressive deceleration values. Making contact to the road surface on the Golf R Cabriolet Concept are 19-inch “Talladega” alloy wheels with size 235 tyres.

Naturally, the Golf R Cabriolet Concept also presents an especially sporty interior concept. Motorsport shell seats in dark blue carbon leather, combined with high-end Nappa leather in “Pure Grey”, set the tone here. The backs of the shell seats are painted in luxurious black piano paint. Upholstery piping and decorative seams provide for colour contrast. Carbon accents emphasise the concept’s technical-sporty character. The sand-blasted aluminium door sill plates with black piano paint inlays display finely crafted workmanship.

Golf R Concept: Two variations of the Golf R Concept are also making strong visual statements at Wörthersee. Like the classic Golf R and the R Cabriolet on display at Wörthersee, the two Golf R Concepts are also powered by a 2.0-litre turbo engine with the mentioned 199 kW / 270 PS, which is as powerful as it is efficient.

The first version of the Golf R Concept attracts attention with mid-tone “Velvet Grey Metallic” exterior, polished 19-inch “Talladega” alloy wheels, orange painted brake callipers and carbon mirror caps.

The driver and front passenger have the pleasure of sitting on perfectly ergonomic motorsport shell seats. Their outer segments are upholstered in black Nappa leather; anthracite-coloured Nappa leather (“Light Anthracite”) is used towards the inner surfaces in the area of the lateral seat supports and towards the head section. The cross-stitched centre panels of the seat and seatback gets an even lighter Nappa leather (“Pure Grey”). The back shell glistens in black piano paint. The piping on the side sections of the seat and head section provide a fine contrast: the orange of the brake callipers is repeated here. Meanwhile, interior accents match the look of the mirror caps: carbon. The same material is also used for the steering wheel, gear shift lever and the door sill plates. Black piano paint characterises the panels behind the inside door handles, the trim of the window controls and the trim of the gear shift grip.

The second model of the Golf R Concept is painted in the sophisticated “Aplomb Blue”. The 19-inch “Glendale” wheels that are new to the Golf line-up shine in “Brilliant Silver”. Once again, the exterior mirror caps, various interior accents and the door sill plates are made of carbon.

Parts of the back shells of the motorsport shell seats also feature carbon. Black Nappa leather covers the outer areas of the seat and seatback surfaces. Meanwhile, the ridge of the seats – a continuous stripe that runs along the lateral seat and back supports – consists of blue leather. The sport leather steering wheel’s inner segments and grip recesses were upholstered in “carbon leather”; characteristic of this lightweight material is its woven structure. Even the floor mats have a carbon look. The decorative seams here, as in the area of the parking brake lever, are styled in blue.

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