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280 Nm, 211 hp, 6-speed manual or DSG and 9.5 sec. to open the top
New 4-seater Volkswagen Golf GTI Cabriolet
In Geneva this spring... on the road in summer

2013 VW Golf GTI Cabriolet: front view with open top.

The Golf GTI Cabriolet: 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 7.3 sec.

29 February 2012, Tony Kanaan: VW has decided that its compact Golf GTI hot hatch should also have the right to go topless in summer.

That's how the new Golf GTI Cabriolet, or convertible if you prefer, found its way to the 2012 Geneva International Motor Show (public days from 8 to 18 March), just a few months before it goes on sale.

That's also a few months before the expected launch of the all-new, 7th-generation Golf model this fall at the Frankfurt motor show. 

Back in March 2011, the new Golf Cabriolet was presented at the very Geneva motor show, with its fabric top which can be opened in 9.5 seconds... but without the GTI decoration.


2013 Volkswagen Golf GTI convertible: rear view with open top.

2013 VW Golf GTI convertible: rear view with closed top.

Electro-hydraulic top: can be operated < 30 km/h, 18.6 mph.

Thanks to its badge, the new four-seater Golf GTI Cabriolet will come to the 82nd Geneva Motor Show... escorted by the respectable cavalry of the 210 horsepower, 4-cylinder, 2.0-litre petrol (gasoline) engine, which is also known in the VW EOS and Scirocco 2.0 TSI.

With the 155 kW (208 bhp, 211 hp) maximal output at 5300 rpm, the turbocharged and direct-injected engine generates 280 Nm (207 lb-ft) between 1700 and 5300 rpm, at which point, maximum power is attained.

In specific figures, the sixteen-valve engine gets 78.13 kW per 1000cc (106hp, 105 bhp) and 141 Nm (104 lb-ft) also per litre.

Getting this power to the ground goes through either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed DSG (dual clutch) gearbox. But before reaching the driven front wheels, this power is also converted, when necessary, via the electronic differential locks (EDS function within its ESP system) and the also standard XDS transverse differential lock (another function within ESP) which is designed to enhance grip and stability in full accelerations out of bends for instance.

These figures can launch the Golf Cabriolet GTI from rest to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 7.3 seconds, up to a maximum speed (with the roof up) of 237 km/h (147 mph) with the 6-speed manual gearbox, or 235 km/h (146 mph) with the DSG.

The promised combined fuel consumption (all figures apply to Germany and may differ in other countries) comes at 7.6 l/100 km, that is the equivalent of 13.16 km per litre of petrol (gasoline), 30.95 US mpg or 37.17 imperial mpg, with CO2 emissions of 177 g/km.

With the DSG gearbox, the combined fuel consumption is slightly higher at 7.7 l/100 km and 180 g/km CO2, the equivalent of 13 kms per litre of petrol (gasoline), 30.55 US mpg or 36.7 UK mpg.


Typical GTI red framing can be found at the top and bottom of the radiator grille with the honeycomb structure and GTI badge, the front GTI bumper with a large air inlet screen, also honeycomb, the vertically arranged fog lights, a new rear diffuser, chrome tailpipes on the left and right under the rear bumper, dark-red LED rear lights, LED licence plate illumination and side sill extensions.

The standard alloy wheels are 17-inch ‘Denver’ type with 225/45 tyres, while optional 18-inch alloy ‘Detroit’ wheels (225/40 tyres) are available with a machine-polished surface and contrasting black inner surfaces.


From the inside, the GTI Cabriolet is similar to the hard-top model, but with a more raked windscreen frame and a special rear bench.

2013 VW Golf GTI cabriolet interior view, front.

Inside, the GTI Cabriolet is similar to the hard-top model.

The sport seats are upholstered in the classic tartan fabric (‘Jacky’), or with the optional leather (‘Vienna’). The pedals come with brushed stainless steel caps while the GTI gear shift lever has aluminium look. The leather-trimmed steering wheel has grip recesses, a GTI emblem and, like the gear shift cover and leather trim of the parking brake lever, they all have decorative red seams.

The interior lining of the soft top and the trim covers of the roof pillars are in the typical GTI black. The boot volume capacity is 250 litres (8.83 cubic foot), even when the top is down.

 Soft top

The new Golf GTI Cabriolet comes with the same electro-hydraulic fabric top of the other Golf Cabriolet versions. It takes 9.5 seconds to open (11 seconds to close) and can be operated while driving at speeds of up to 30 km/h (18.6 mph).


The standard equipment of the new Golf GTI Cabriolet includes automatically deploying roll-over protection, front and side head/thorax airbags, a knee airbag on the driver’s side, automatic climate control (Climatronic), chrome surrounds around switches for the lights, electric windows, mirrors... and an RCD 210 radio-CD system.


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