New Golf Ragtop: Closed To Open In 9.5 Sec

Bertel Schmitt
by Bertel Schmitt
new golf ragtop closed to open in 9 5 sec

A breeze of fresh air for Volkswagen’s program: The Wolfsburg company shows a new Golf Cabriolet convertible at the Geneva Motor Show. No stop and squeeze your fingers while folding the roof in this one. The Golf has an electro-hydraulic drive that takes down the Golf’s top in a 9.5 seconds flash. If you attempt any motorized folderol at speeds above 30 km/h (19 mp/h), the roof will refuse. It would turn into a giant air brake otherwise.

Safety-wise, the ragtop sports an automatically deploying roll-over bar, in addition to a rich complement of airbags that will bubble-wrap your body in case of an accident.

The European customer has the usual dizzying choice of engines. There are six turbocharged direct-injection engines, ranging from 105 hp to 210 hp. Four of the TSI gasoline engines (TSI) and one TDI diesel are available with the DSG dual-clutch gearbox. Three of the engines are available with energy-saving BlueMotion Technology. Motorized with the 1.6 TDI 105 hp engine with BlueMotion Technology, the open air Golf will demand only 4.4 liters for 100 km (53.45 mpg –non EPA).

The car goes on air tomorrow in Germany, at prices starting at 23,625 Euros ($32,404 – belay your comments, try to pay with Big Macs next time you change money.) Volkswagen’s PR department is so giddy about the topless car that they dare a rare attempt at humor in their press release:

“Essentially, all of the features offered in the classic, hard top Golf are also available in the new Golf Cabriolet. The only feature that will definitely not be offered is a sunroof …”

Very funny.

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  • Stuki Stuki on Feb 23, 2011

    Judging by recent VW residuals, it will lease for about the same as a 128 vert. Which comes with a stiffish body, rear wheel drive and the worlds most wonderful engine. For those buying, the VW might make more sense, though.

  • Dave M. Dave M. on Feb 23, 2011
    For the most part, any VW built in the last 25 years is an overpriced,overrated P.O.S. Mikey, I can't agree. Overall their prices are reasonable for a not-bottom-feeder brand. VWs handle great, and the interiors are awesome. It's the reliability (especially the poor 1996-2008 or so) that has done them in; that said, I highly doubt they'll ever get to Japanese/Korean or even American reliability levels. Overall, you are driving a 'European' car. Some folks believe the perceived cache, elevated handling and coddling is worth a premium.

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  • Johnny ringo It's an interesting vehicle, I'd like to see VW offer the two row Buzz in the states also.
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