By on February 11, 2013

For those who want a topless car that can render passengerettes truly topless, Volkswagen introduces the Golf R Cabriolet. The über-powered R models never were available as a ragtop, no it is. “Tremendous propulsive power” (so the press release) is generated by a 2.0-litre turbo TSI engine that develops 265hp. Maximum torque of 350NM (258 ft lb) is available from a low 2,500 rpm all the way to 5,000 rpm.

The car reaches 100 km/h in just 6.4 seconds. The car’s top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h, but your friendly Volkswagen Partner can probably be talked into talking care of that detail. The 6-speed DSG promises to shift quickly and without any interruptions in power transfer.

Even the soft top is fast: The electro-hydraulic mechanism that opens the roof in 9.0 seconds.

Careful: Like the 2012 Golf Cabriolet, the Golf R Cabriolet is based on the Golf Mk6, not on the new Mk7. Car & Driver was perplexed to learn that the Cabriolet “is based on the current Golf MkVI and arrives curiously late.”

C&D: Since I have known the Golf, and that’s a very long time, the open top version always extended the life-span of the previous generation, so to speak. The first Golf Cabriolet, launched in 1979, based on the Mk1, extended the life of the old generation through 1993. The generation before the current Cabrio was based on the venerable Golf Mk3.In observance of the tradition, the current Golf Cabriolet recycles previous-gen stampings.

The über-powered Golf R Cabriolet will cost 43,325 euros (58,000) in Germany.

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26 Comments on “Topless Golf R Cabrio Pulls Her Tops Off...”


  • avatar
    Advance_92

    Bleah. Yet another VW that I would rather have a Polo than buy.

  • avatar
    Mykl

    Looks nice for a Cabrio, I guess. This car is not meant for me.

  • avatar
    CoreyDL

    Ugh, no. For so many reasons.

    Namely that it looks awful, should NOT be a convertible (as it’s a fast Golf and sporty/convertible/VW don’t mix), and the price is too high.

  • avatar
    mnm4ever

    I am not a huge convertible fan, but I would definitely much rather have this than the limp noodle EOS we get here in the States. But we will never see it.

    FWIW I think it looks good too, surprisingly so given the hatchback body shape it starts with.

    • 0 avatar
      jco

      GF has an EOS. even though it’s a bit heavy, it is surprisingly fast. i love the sunroof/convertible hardtop thing. but it is complex, electronic, and German, a slightly scary combination.

      i like this soft-top cabrio, too. where’s the basket handle? can it really be a VW Cabrio without it? :)

      • 0 avatar
        mnm4ever

        The EOS is fast, sure… until you compare it to a GTI or even a GLI with the same engine. But I do love the old basket handle Cabrios, that was a signature of the car.

      • 0 avatar
        jco

        GF had an mkIV cabrio before the EOS. anything feels fast compared to that old 2.0 motor. at the time, I had a WRX, and she asked me if her car could have a turbo as well. so when the EOS came out, with a turbo of course, she knew she wanted it. of course it isn’t as fast as the Golfs, but it has more than enough power to be fun to drive. and actually I feel like they really spent some time figuring out how to make it really comfy with the top down, because the only time you really get buffeted around is with all the windows down. top down, windows up, with or without the windscreeen in place, it’s really calm and enjoyable.

        the EOS is a Passat variant, not a Golf. I didn’t know that at first, but actually the headlights and taillights are more similar to the Passat than the Golf, too.

        that being said, she’d have been just as happy with a cloth-top VW. she just does not like the beetle, and neither do I.

      • 0 avatar
        mnm4ever

        Well sure compared to the old Cabrio the EOS is a rocket! Those things were really really slow! I also did not know it was a Passat variant, that would explain the weight gain over the Golf/Jetta.

  • avatar
    thesparrow

    This makes alot more sense than either the Eos or the Beetle Convertible. Looks better than both of them put together too!

    • 0 avatar
      stuki

      I like the Beetle convertible,if they could just put a proper drive train in it. Convertibles are so much nicer when the windshield isn’t so raked and long that it feels like you are sitting under a glass canopy. In the Beetle, you are actually sitting under an open sky. I’m still convinced turbo4s were invented by some darned treehugging leftist conspiracy to make the Prius drivetrain seem comparatively attractive. Honda gets similar mileage (at least per EPA) out of their cylinder deactivated V6s (even without direct injection), without making one feel like one is being punished every time one touches the accelerator.

  • avatar
    campocaceres

    I used to have a 2005 BMW 3-series convertible (w performance package), which is more or less equivalent to this car, at the very least to an American.

    While it was nice, I have to admit that I felt the sporting pretensions and the soft top conversion are at odds with each other. The added weight for extra bracing and the inevitable looseness of the chassis work against the sports car feel, but the suspension set up works against the cruiser feel.

    I suppose it is all relative, it’s gotta be better than the Eos, but probably not as much as one would hope. Having experienced both, I would say any purpose built convertible is heads and shoulders above any adapted version.

    But if you need the extra seats/space though, well, can’t have your cake and eat it too. But I really dislike the looks of this car, too, however.

  • avatar
    kkt

    Nice coastline, though. Is that Greece?

  • avatar
    Steve65

    I can’t figure out why this car (Golf Cabrio) and the Eos both exist at the same time.

  • avatar
    Spartan

    That is a good looking car. Looks a lot better than the Eos and probably a better drive too.

    • 0 avatar
      ZekeToronto

      My own preference would be the regular 5-door version, but I’ve got to admit the cabrio even looks decent with the top up: http://www.vwvortex.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/golf-r-cabrio-3.jpg

  • avatar
    MRL325i

    That is a good looking vert. Not as good as the E30 ragtop, though.

  • avatar

    Meh! They’ll make a BRZ convertible and everyone will forget about this.

  • avatar
    Steve65

    Funny, when I type “topless Golf” into a google image search, I don’t get many pictures of this car…


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