Volkswagen sizzled everyone with the launch of the 2012 Golf Cabrio GTI few months back. With the radical design and GTI badge, the German automaker showed why it is the world automotive leader. The drop top hatch is on sales in UK and the prices start at £29,310 (OTR). Deliveries of the hot hatch are expected to begin only by July.
Bookings are now open and the never wrecking performance model pegs £5,000 more than the GTI soft-top variant. A honeycomb grille, aerodynamic side skirts and a rear diffuser are some of the distinct features of the hot hatch convertible. Other features include tinted taillights, a dual exhaust system and it now rides on 18-inch alloys.
Taking a step inside, there is the familiar Volkswagen Golf GTI interior under the fabric roof, which can get the hot hatch half-naked in under 9.5 seconds. In addition, the roof can be operated at speeds up to 18 mph and the GTI Cabriolet includes automatic rollover protection to keep the roof fabric dust-free. In terms of finesse, there are clothed seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel, stainless steel pedals and black ‘Edge’ trim.
Though the convertible looks much darling at rest, it has a GTI badge for all the good reasons. Under its hood is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder petrol motor that churns 208 hp max power and 280 Nm of peak torque. Volkswagen also gives option of transmission from a six-speed manual gearbox and a six-speed DSG transmission.
The figures speak for themselves as the turbocharged petrol motor can pull the Golf GTI from stand still to 100 kmph in 7.3 seconds. Push a little further and it can top 236 kmph speed limits. With all the spoiled horsepower, the Golf GTI can still deliver 13.7 kmpl fuel economy. The tailpipe emission figures of the Golf GTI are rated at 177 g/km with manual transmission and 180 g/km with the DSG gearbox.