2012 Geneva Motor Show: 2013 Vw Golf GTI Cabriolet is incredibly hot

Article by Christian A., on March 8, 2012

Deliveries will start in September for the GTI version of the new Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet that was recently unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show. However, Volkswagen will begin taking orders this July. This drop-top is the most powerful to have ever come from Volkswagen. It is the company’s first GTI Golf convertible and it has an output of 207bhp/207lb ft.

It can accelerate from zero to 62mph in 7.3sec and it can continue on to hit a top speed of 147mph (146mph with DSG). VW asserts that it has a fuel consumption of 37.2mpg and has CO2 emissions of 177 g/km. In comparison, the tin-top version of this car returns 38.7mpg and emits 170g/km of CO2. Opening the hydraulically operated cloth roof takes 9.5 seconds and it could be operated even up to speeds of 18mph.

The features on VW’s hot cabriolet car are similar to those of the standard GTI’s such as its red-rimmed radiator grille, GTI bumpers, rear diffuser and 17-inch ‘Monza’ alloys, which are covered in 225/45 rubber.

Its other features include tartan sports seats as well as a leather-trimmed steering wheel. When the roof is down, the Golf GTI cabriolet’s boot can be as big as 250 liters, which makes it the leader in its class. The Mini convertible has only half this figure. The 2013 Vw Golf Cabrio is expected to be more expensive; however, the exactly pricing details have yet to be released.

Volkswagen’s Golf GTI Cabriolet exhibits basically the same visual trademarks as the classic VW Golf GTI with fixed steel roof. These trademarks are typical GTI insignia, which have made their way to car drivers’ collective memory over the last three decades, plus more.

Up front, these are the red radiator grille framing with honeycomb structure and the signature GTI honeycomb lower air inlets, the GTI-specific fog lights featuring chrome surrounds, and the front GTI bumper.

Meanwhile, at the rear, these distinguishing features are the new diffuser design, the smoked LED rear lights, and the chrome tailpipes on either side. The rear license plate is likewise illuminated by LEDs. When it comes to the sides, the car’s side sill extensions and its 17” Denver alloy wheels make the convertible unmistakably a GTI. You can also opt for 18” Detroit GTIwheels.

The Golf GTI Cabriolet’s visual highlight is its even more dynamic look compared with the Golf GTI. Its fixed steel roof enhances this model’s already sporty styling. When seen from the front, this convertible’s more raked windscreen is what gives it a dynamic appearance. And with its optional bi-xenon headlights, the convertible makes an impressively dominant impression. Its dual headlamps incorporate daytime running lights, too, formed by 15 LEDs.

In terms of its interior, the GTI Cabriolet features sport seats that have been upholstered in classic tartan fabric called 'Jacky.' Additionally, the GTI badge can be seen in the upper portion of the backrests. You can also opt for seats upholstered in 'Vienna' cool leather. Lumbar support is also integrated into its seats as a standard feature. This is activated by a lever found on the seat’s side.

And just like the GTI with a fixed steel roof, the GTI Cabriolet has pedals that have brushed stainless steel caps, aluminium GTI gear shift lever, and a leather-trimmed steering wheel featuring grip recesses as well as a GTI emblem. Plus, the soft top’s interior lining and the roof pillars’ trim covers are all black.

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