Ladies and gentlemen, this is the Golf R Cabriolet, Volkswagen’s first-ever open-top R model. As expected, the 2013 Golf R is the fastest-ever production open-top Golf and comes with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine delivering 265 PS and bolted to a six-speed DSG automatic transmission that delivers the power to the front wheels.
According to the official press release, the Golf R Cabrio is able to hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 6.4 seconds and has a top speed of 155 mph or 250 km/h.
Regarding the design, the Golf R Cabrio comes with a new front bumper, seen also on the coupe and featuring a gloss-black grille and ‘R’ logo, and LED daytime running lights. Moreover, the car features bi-xenon headlights with black housings, gloss-black door mirror casings and black-painted brake callipers with R logo.
Furthermore, we find new side sills, a gloss black rear diffuser framed by chrome-tipped exhausts either side and smoked LED tail lights complete the look.
The new R suspension lowers the Golf R by 25 mm, comparing it with the standard Golf Cabriolet. The exterior design is completed by 18- or 19-inch Talladega alloy wheels in either ‘Sterling Silver’ or optionally ‘High-gloss Black’.
Inside, the Golf R features four individual sports seats in ‘Vienna Cool Leather’ and ‘R’ logos in the head restraints, but also a leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel. The pedals feature brushed aluminum caps, while the doors and dashboard feature ‘Silver Lane’ aluminium decorative inlays.
Golf R Cabriolet is offered as srandard with RCD 310 DAB radio with MDI (multi-device interface) and Bluetooth telephone connectivity.
The car can be transformed from a coupe to a stylish cabriolet in just 9.5 seconds, at speeds of up to 18 mph (and raised in 11.0 seconds), via switch in the centre console. In the UK, the Golf R Cabrio will cost at £38,770 RRP OTR, while in Germany it will be priced from 43.325 euros.
According to Volkswagen, the roof system used for the Golf R Cabriolet was taken 1:1 using the other models of the series. The soft top is operated through the standard electro-hydraulic mechanism. This can be activated using a central switch placed on the center console. Even when running at speeds of 30 km/h, the top can be opened, which takes 9.0 seconds, and also closed, taking 11.0 seconds.
There is also a central switch which triggers two hydraulic pumps in order to get the needed pressure. The brand made sure that when it comes to this matter, little noise should be produced. Thus, the hydraulic units are covered with insulation. Going back to the soft top, it can be automatically unfastened and fastened through an electromechanical locking system. On the inside, the backrests of the seats in the rear can be folded down. Volkswagen made sure that the two deployable modules would be more compact.
This, despite the fact that the Golf R Cabriolet offers rollover protection that is deployable. Because of this though, it made it possible to have a load-through provision much like the new Beetle Cabriolet, one having a height 381 mm and width at 526 mm, with folding rear backrests. Rollover protection is made better.
Should the vehicle go over a predefined tilt angle or transverse acceleration, the rollover protection system at the back of the headrests in the rear are activated within one-fourth of a second. The system has two rollover modules with one having a fixed aluminum profile and the other a moveable version that is pre-tensioned with a spring. To make sure that the inner position is help in place, magnetic switch or solenoid is used.
When a possible rollover is detected, the airbag controller immediately reacts. This is what activates the system wherein the solenoid opens a holding detent and then lets loose the inner profile. Though it does shoot up, there is a support detent that goes over the toothed track mounted to the vehicle’s inner profile and makes sure that the inner profile does not drop back down.