Geneva 2012: Volkswagen GTI Cabriolet Proves Girls Just Wanna Go Fast

Derek Kreindler
by Derek Kreindler
geneva 2012 volkswagen gti cabriolet proves girls just wanna go fast

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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  • Dave M. Dave M. on Mar 06, 2012

    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.

  • Ion Ion on Mar 06, 2012

    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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    • Ion Ion on Mar 07, 2012

      @I_Like_Pie name a vert that handles as well as its hardtop equivalent. Oh and cars like the atom don't count as it has no doors or a boot for that matter.

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