There will be a new VW Golf GTI Cabriolet to be displayed at the Geneva Motor Show next month, according to an Auto Express report. At the Worthersee tuning event in Austria last year, a soft-top GTI debuted together with an R Cabrio. It is believed that this new model would be the last one for the MkVI Golf, which is slated to be replaced in 2013.
This marks just the second time that a Golf GTI Cabriolet is offered. The first MkI version came out in the 1980s. For a considerable amount of time, the GTI’s engine had been available in the Golf Cabriolet and Eos hard-top but a full GTI-spec car wasn’t offered.
Because of this move, UK customers would be able to purchase a ‘proper’ drop-top GTI, with the 208bhp 2.0-litre turbo matched to GTI-specific suspension (including optional Adaptive Chassis Control) and a GTI interior incorporating tartan seats.
VW will be using six-speed manual and DSG gearboxes as well as 17-inch alloys. A set of 19-inch Glendale alloy wheels is offered on the Worthersee GTI. These optional wheels are priced at £1,005 over the GTI hatch’s standard Monza 17-inch alloys.
In addition, it has the Edition 35’s LED lights, aside from an aggressive bodykit that comes with bespoke front and rear bumpers and side skirts. It is believed that this car would be an optioned-up production-ready GTI Cabriolet instead of being a one-off show model.
It’s likely that the Worthersee Golf R Cabrio would be put into production. If so, it would be very exciting since this would be the most powerful VW convertible ever produced, featuring a 268bhp 2.0-litre turbo and four-wheel drive.
Fitted as a standard safety feature on the new Golf Volkswagen GTI Cabriolet is the roll-over protection system. Through this system, the driver can set a value for the tilt angle or the transverse acceleration. Should the new model go beyond this preset value, it activates a roll-over protection component found at the rear headrests.
It does this in a matter of 0.25 second. Additionally, the system offers roll-over modules, two of them in fact. The first is an aluminum fixed profile with the second being an aluminum moveable profile that has been pretensioned. Its inner profile in particular is held in the rest position through the use of a magnetic switch. When the system determines that the rollover is possible, the module is activated through an airbag controller wherein a solenoid opens up a holding detent after which the inner profile is released.
Once released, it goes in an upward direction. While this is happening, the toothed track that has been mounted to the vehicle’s inner is overrun by the support detent. This is important as it ensures that the inner profile is prevented from going downwards. What makes the Golf Volkswagen GTI even more amazing in addition to this safety feature is that the brand was able to apply a cargo pass-through that has a 381-mm height and 526-mm width.
Included of course is the folding seatback in the rear. The roll-over protection system is but one of the many features that ensure that occupants get maximum safety. For instance, the windscreen frame that has been reinforced and there are various improvements selected for the other components like the doors, cross members, side panels, and underbody, to name a few. All of these result in the Golf Volkswagen GTI displaying extreme torsional rigidity.
For those not familiar, there is such a thing as the coefficient of static torsional rigidity, which in the GTI is at least 13,500 Nm for every degree. Generally, the first resonant torsional frequency is beyond 17.5 Hz, which is excellent for a cabriolet. Going back to the reinforcements, they can easily be seen when one looks at the GTI from below, of course using a raised platform.
This can even differentiate the standard Golf from the Cabrio. Indeed, there are clear differences especially in the underbodies. For the cabriolet, one can observe that on the front part, the enclosure of the engine is composed of aluminum. When paired with the mounting brakes, rigidity is enhanced. Since the engine mount also acts as a vibration damper, the front section is even more refined.
On the diagonal braces and sill area, there are two lateral reinforcements each on the front and the rear. With the subframe joint in the rear being reinforced as well, the GTI gets that added rigidity while the resonant body vibrations are lowered. All of this talk about rigidity is important since it plays an important role in making sure that comfort and driving stability are optimized. In addition, rust is prevented from forming on the vehicle by galvanizing the body.