The new Volkswagen Golf R Cabriolet should be on sale this spring and will be VW's first-ever open-top R model and thanks to the new four-cylinder 2.0-litre engine producing 265 PS it will be the fastest-ever open-top Golf to go on sale. The vehicle has a an electronically limited top-speed of 155mph and Volkswagen say the new R Cabriolet will go from 0-62mph in 6.4 seconds. If you don't wish to travel quite so quickly but want a cabriolet that still looks fantastic and is easier on the pocket you may want look at the entry-level VW Golf Cabriolet S 1.2-litre TSI 105 PS.
Inside there's a real sporty look with familiar VW badging, there are four individual sports leather seats featuring the 'R' badge in the head restraints, there's a leather multi-function steering wheel, a handbrake grip and gear lever, all are contrasting with grey stitching. Brushed aluminium trim is dotted about to give a quality finish, the foot pedals have brushed aluminium caps, while the doors and dashboard feature aluminium decorative inlays.
Some notable design improvements that catch the eye are a new front bumper and gloss-black grille sporting the ‘R’ badge. The vehicle also sports LED daytime running lights, bi-xenon headlights with black surround, the door mirrors also have gloss black surround plus it has black-painted brake callipers with the R badge.
The improvements continue with side sill extensions, a gloss black rear diffuser framed by chrome-tipped twin exhausts either side and smoked LED rear-lights. Add to all this a choice of a choice of 18" or beefy 19" ‘Talladega’ alloy wheels available in either ‘Sterling Silver’ or optionally ‘High-gloss Black’ and that makes the new VW Cabriolet R a real head-turner!
Volkswagen have also lowered the suspension by 25 mm when compared with the standard Golf Cabriolet to enhance handling and reinforce the sports look.
The new 2013 VW Golf Cabriolet includes as standard a RCD 310 DAB radio with multi-device interface and bluetooth. As on all Golf Cabriolet models, the full electric hood is operated by a switch in the centre of the console, it can be lowered in 9.5 seconds at speeds of up to 18 mph and raised in 11.0 seconds.