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The new Golf GTI Cabriolet offers the high performance and practicality which it is renowned for within its popular GTI Hatchback, but adds the pleasure of an open-air cabriolet car suited for four adults and sporting an electrically powered fabric roof which can be folded away in just 9.5 seconds.
The Golf GTI Cabriolet offers all the style and class you’d expect from such a prestigious brand, and carries lots of the classic GTI design elements which include a radiator grille with a honeycomb structure, red edging and the GTI badge. The front bumper also sports a deep honeycomb air dam and distinctive fog lights. Smoked LED tail lights and standard 17-inch ‘Monza’ alloys complete the look.
Enter the cabin and you’ll be met with four distinctive and individual seats which are decked out in a classic tartan design using ‘Jacara’ cloth upholstery. The steering wheel is leather bound and finished with red stitching, as is the handbrake and gear stick, and the pedals contain brushed stainless steel caps which complete the GTI Cabriolet’s edgy look.
Engines available with the new Golf GTI Cabriolet are the same as the Golf GTI hatchback and include a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine with a standard six-speed manual gearbox or an optional six-speed dual-clutch DSG gearbox, both producing 210 PS. The 0-62mph sprint can be achieved in just 7.3 seconds, so only slightly slower than the 6.9 seconds achieved in the hatchback model, and the Cabriolet’s top speed is 147mph.
Safety is of a top priority for Volkswagen and the Golf GTI Cabriolet is no exception. As with all Golf Cabriolet cars, the GTI versions comes with automatically deploying rollover protection, front and side head/thorax airbags and a driver’s knee airbag as standard, helping it to achieve a five-star, 96 per cent rating for adult occupancy from Euro NCAP crash tests.
The Golf GTI Cabriolet goes on sale in the UK this summer. Prices and further specification details will be announced closer to the on-sale date.