There are two reasons why the launch of the Volkswagen Golf GTI Cabrio Austria with 333 PS (245 kW) should be celebrated. First of all, this marks the first time for Volkswagen apprentices to have created a cabriolet for the GTI Festival at the Wörthersee Lake in Austria. Secondly, this is the product of the first ever collaboration between the junior talents of Wolfsburg and Osnabrück.
The 13 apprentices of four professions made a two-seater in red-white-red, which are the host country’s national colors. It took a year for automotive mechatronics technicians, vehicle interior fitters, technical model makers and paint technicians to work together to create the vehicle, starting from the early sketches to a global debut in Kärnten, Austria.
The standard Golf GTI Cabriolet was redesigned by four women and nine men aged 17 to 23 years old to their optical and technical specifications. The 2.0 liter engine produced 333 PS / 245 kW. The white-red colour of the concept was evident on both the interior and exterior. The Cabriolet received an Oryx White mother-of-pearl effect while its sides got Flash Red stripes that bordered the bonnet left and right.
Its exterior mirrors were painted red and so were the brake callipers. It received further individualized features on its interior like the black-red-white Recaro sports seats with red “Austria” embroidering and red-white decorative trim.
There was also white GTI lettering on the doors. Red was seen on the seat belts, the honeycomb mesh and air vent frames, the accented stitching on the leather steering wheel and the DSG gearbox’s boot. Red bordering was even used on the floor mats.
Volkswagen uses a fabric roof for its Golf GTI Cabriolet, but it is still one of the most silent convertibles available. The sporty four-seater gives you a soothing and quiet ride, thanks to its fabric roof’s sophisticated design, as well as its special door seals and window. The convertible’s top consists of the linkage, the roofliner, the insulating filler layer, and the exterior cover.
This exterior cover’s joining longitudinal seams have been designed to serve as a drip rail, too. Four roof cross bows are mounted between the top linkage’s longitudinal frames. Screw-fastened fabric retention strips, in turn, join the roof bows and the soft top. Consequently, even at higher speeds, the roof doesn’t fill with air, and this has a great effect on the car’s aerodynamics.
Moreover, when the car’s roof is stowed, the front roof bow’s upper surface covers the top of the roof storage box, thus making a separate cover unnecessary. This results to the standard fully automatic electro-hydraulic top opening faster since there is no extra box cover that needs to be swung upward. The electro-hydraulic cover opens in nine seconds and closes in 11 seconds.
You can operate the VW Golf GTI Cabriolet’s top from a switch found on the center console. That makes opening and closing it possible even while you are driving – even at a speed of up to 30 km/h.
Additionally, two hydraulic pumps that are activated by one central switch generate all the needed pressure. Special care was taken in order to make sure that the littlest noise possible is generated. For instance, the hydraulic unit is insulated. Also, latching and unlatching the car’s soft top are handled by an electro-mechanical locking system. This means that an additional manual latching or unlatching is not necessary. Lastly, to get a nice view from behind the car, its heated rear glass window had been designed as especially large.