The Volkswagen Golf GTI Cabriolet is making a return for the first time since its Mk1 generation, something that is sure to please many enthusiasts and those looking for more power than the existing TSI-powered models.
While the new car is expected to be launched in Europe around mid-June, Volkswagen has released a new set of images to keep us all entertained.
There are no surprises under the bonnet, with the GTI’s familiar 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder, 16-valve turbocharged engine pushing out 155 kW and 280 Nm of torque. As with the rest of the Golf range, a 6-speed transmission is available in either DSG or manual.
In terms of performance, the GTI Cabriolet is a little slower from 0 – 100 km/h than its GTI hatchback stablemate, at 7.3 seconds versus 6.9 seconds. The car’s top speed is also slightly slower at 237 km/h (or 235 km/h with DSG) compared to 240 km/h for the hatch. Fuel consumption is rated at 7.6 L/100km with CO2 emissions of 180 g/km. All of this information is rather academic, however, as the GTI Cabrio is more about looking good.
As with the existing Golf Cabriolet models, the GTI Cabriolet’s electrically-powered fabric roof folds down in 9 seconds and up again in 11, all at speeds of up to 30 km/h.
Volkswagen South Africa has not made any announcement on when the car is expected to make it’s local debut. In the meantime, take a look at the gallery below, (although we have no idea why Volkswagen AG chose to turn up the colour saturation to maximum on some of their photos.)