Matthew Jones29 February 2012

VW reveals Golf GTI Cabriolet

This is the most powerful ragtop Rabbit… in the world

The Volkswagen Golf is probably the closest thing you can get to state-issued transport. Nobody looks bad in one, and they come in enough flavours to sate every reasonable whim.

And, in the new Golf Cabriolet GTI's case, a few unreasonable ones. It is a Golf, which means it has a respectable Euro NCAP rating. It is a Golf convertible, which means the roof will go up and down in 9.5 seconds and can be operated at to 18mph. And it is a Golf GTI, which means it has a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-pot, 207bhp, 207lb ft and gets to 62mph in 7.3 seconds.

Which makes it the most powerful rag-top Golf VW's ever built. Snazzy.

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To trumpet its sportyness, VW has fitted a few GTI signposts. There's a red-rimmed radiator grille, swollen GTI bumpers, rear diffuser, 17-inch alloys and tartan sports seats.

But let's not forget the deliciously tedious stuff that makes it so... Golfy. Like automatically deploying rollover protection, front and side head/thorax airbags and a driver's knee airbag as standard. Fruity.

We'll get more info when it's unveiled at next month's Geneva motor show.

In the mean time, tell us this: what do you think Jeremy - famous for his mixed views on the Golf GTI - will make of it?

 

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