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VW Golf R Cabriolet
The first time VW has offered a convertible Golf in its raciest R spec

Volkswagen Golf R Cabriolet 2.0-litre TSI 6spd DSG 

What is it?

Start with the suave Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet. Scroll up to the section marked GTI. Now go one further and you have this R Cabriolet, the new top of the range performance icon.

It’s all about speed, spec and exclusivity

Volkswagen admits that the VW Golf R Cabrio is unlikely to sell in big numbers.

It was originally pitched at a stratospheric £38,770, but an official £5600 price cut has since brought it down to £33,170, or £3415 more than the base GTI.This is the first time that VW has offered a Golf Cabrio with the racy R spec.

With power of 265PS and 19-inch Talladega alloys, coupled with quick 0-62mph time of 6.4 secs and 155mph top end, it’s a cut above the GTI in the ranking and the most expensive Golf you can buy.

For the business user, it comes to market with a P11D of £32,640 and 30% company car tax rate. And with CO2 emissions of 190g/km, it is far from being the greenest/best value Golf about.

But that’s not really the point. The VW Golf R Cabriolet, with unique sportified looks and interior, and with lowered sports suspension, is all about speed, spec and exclusivity.

On the road this is a car that’s not short on driver appeal.

 

VW Golf R Cabriolet
As a driver’s car it takes some beating

What’s hot?

  • Performance. The tweaked 2.0-litre turbo endows the Golf R Cabrio with real, grin inducing pace. VW quotes a 0-62mph time of just 6.2 secs.
  • The 265PS Golf R engine is a masterful mix of power, torque, smoothness and instant high-rev response. Superb refinement comes as standard too.
  • The 6-speed DSG auto links to a precise steering paddleshift, making for lightning fast gearchanges, if you are in the mood.
  • Strong grip from the 19-inch tyres and powerful all-disc brakes.
    VW Golf R Cabriolet
    Lavish spec includes heated Vienna leather front seats and all the infotainment gizmos you could wish for
  • Handling on unique, lowered ‘R’ sports suspension is flat and fast, making the Golf a lot of fun on windy back roads.
  • Upscale interior spec includes heated front sports seats, in Vienna leather, with embroidered ‘R’ logo on the head restraints.
  • Bi-xenon headlights with automatic range adjustment part of extensive standard spec which also includes cruise control, 2Zone electric climate control, Bluetooth and 6-speaker DAB radio/MP3 compatible CD player.
  • ‘R’ styling pack brings unique front and rear bumpers, boot spoiler and side skirts, rear diffuser, gloss black with chrome exhaust tailpipes.
  • Gloss black radiator grille louvres with ‘R’ logo.
  • Fully automatic electric powered hood, which can be lowered in 9 secs including on the move at speeds up to 18mph, and stows away out of sight.
  • Golf-style 4-seat practicality with 250-litre boot capacity, even with the hood down.
  • Top notch overall presentation and quality. 

 

VW Golf R Cabriolet
It’s based on a Golf VI, not the more advanced Golf VII – so one of its stiffest competitors is likely to be the stablemate GTI cabriolet

What’s not?

  • While the Golf R Cabrio handles sweetly, watch out for some torque steer (weaving from the front wheels) when you accelerate hard away from rest.
  • Low speed ride quality can be lumpy over less than perfect surfaces.
  •  The Golf R Cabrio is based off the last generation Golf VI (which in turn was a reskinned Golf V) so it’s not built to the same tech level as the latest, much acclaimed Golf VII hatchback.
  •  High price and stiff in-house competition from the Golf GTI Cabriolet.
  • 190g/km for CO2 emissions

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