By on March 6, 2012

Volkswagen’s GTI Cabriolet debuted today at the 2012 Geneva Auto Show, making the Mazda MX-5 look like Caster Semanya in comparison.

In Europe, Volkswagen not only gets the Eos, but a Golf Cabriolet as well. The big differences is the Golf has a cloth top, and now it gets a GTI variant. Mechanically, nothing has really changed between the GTI and the GTI Cabriolet – same 2.0T engine, 6-speed manual or DSG gearbox, same Iron Cross-esque wheels, same honeycomb grille. The only difference is that while you may be ridiculed while driving a GTI, you will be ridiculed while driving this thing. Also, the plaid interior is just so on trend for Spring/Summer 2012…err, that’s what my girlfriend tells me, at least!

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18 Comments on “Geneva 2012: Volkswagen GTI Cabriolet Proves Girls Just Wanna Go Fast...”


  • avatar
    LeMansteve

    …so this is an Eos with a soft top and GTI parts?

    • 0 avatar
      cheapthrills

      No, it’s a Golf Cabrio in GTI trim. Thanks for reading the 5 sentences.

    • 0 avatar
      jco

      plus the Eos is based off the B6 Passat platform, not the Golf. I’d imagine this one is lighter, shares suspension with and would handle similar to a GTI as well.

      It’s kinda disappointing we don’t get this one here. The Eos is more luxury-oriented. And I imagine there a people who’d consider owning a VW convertible, but are scared off by the complexity of a bunch of electric moving parts in a German car.

      • 0 avatar
        Japanese Buick

        “scared off by the complexity of a bunch of electric moving parts in a German car.” <– exactly. I have no reservations with the Miata power hardtop, but the EOS hardtop gives significant pause.

  • avatar
    deanst

    Can you get it in Fahrenheit Orange? Or perhaps that neon green that every Mazda2 seems to be sold with?

  • avatar
    philadlj

    They should have removed the windshield as well, to tie in with the Lambo Aventador J. They’re even the same color!

  • avatar
    philadlj

    I wonder if Audi will get an RS3 Cabriolet…I’m guessing not.

  • avatar
    Japanese Buick

    I would definitely be interested in this car if it were on sale here.

    My 1996 Miata met its unfortunate end a couple of weeks ago and I’m looking for a replacement roadster. So far the only candidates are another Miata, a Mini Roadster, and the EOS.

    If this GTI had a simpler roof than the EOS, so it wouldn’t make me fear the VW maintenance bills required to keep it working, it would be a contender. I also like that it appears to be roomier than a Miata, because if Miatas weren’t so small I’d probably already have settled on one (yes I know they are bigger than the 96 I lost but I’m also 16 years older than I was when I bought it).

  • avatar
    discoholic

    Hairdressing just got a little more butch.

  • avatar
    Dave M.

    So a true four place convertible with German designed driving habits, somewhat reliable, and possibly affordable.

    I’m disappointed to hear we have so many underendowed readers that what you drive should matter to someone else.

    /rock on, Miata boy.
    //It’s not how fast you go, it’s how you go fast.

  • avatar
    Ion

    Convertibles handle poorly due to structural issues and all the extra braces and hardware. So what we’ve done here is take away the one thing the GTI is remotely competitive in.


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