Now that Volkswagen has a full Golf stable, it appears as if the automaker is working to flesh out its new Golf Cabriolet lineup. According to leaked patent rendering obtained by China Car Times, the next drop-top variant will be a hot Golf R Cabriolet. Hold onto your hats!
The idea of a Golf R Cabriolet isn't actually all that strange – VW took the wraps off of a concept version of just such a car at last year's Wörthersee festival in Austria. That car took the running gear from the two-door Golf R and stuffed it into the body of a Golf Cabriolet. The result? Volkswagen's fastest convertible, thanks to a top speed of 155 mph, and a 0-62 mph time of under six seconds. The Golf R cabrio boasted 256 hp and 243 lb-ft of torque from a turbocharged 2.0-liter I-4, all-wheel drive, and plenty of sun. The Wörthersee car also wore the same LED running lights, upgraded brakes with 17-inch front discs, 19-inch "Talladega" wheels, and center-mounted exhaust as the R hatchback.
The leaked patent renderings discovered by CCT lead us to believe that there will be little change from the Wörthersee concept to the eventual production model. The renderings show exactly the same car that we saw last year – a Golf Cabriolet with all the trimmings from a Golf R.
Volkswagen also just recently pulled the wraps off of another Wörthersee-turned-production Golf Cabriolet: the GTI Cabriolet. That car uses a less-powerful version of the Golf R's 2.0-liter tuned to 207 hp. With the GTI Cabriolet going into production, it's probably only a matter of time until we see the Golf R Cabriolet available to order as well. Great news, but not for those of us located in North America: Volkswagen has informed us that we will not be getting any Cabriolet variant of the current-generation Golf on our shores. That could change for the next-generation model, but has yet to be officially decided at this stage.
If this does happen – if even for Europe – it is proof positive that Worthersee dreams can come true. If only that meant the wild GTI W12-650 could become a reality…
Source: China Car Times