It's a droptop made by the Volkswagen Group that hits 62 mph in less than seven seconds and tops out at 155 mph. It's not an Audi R8 or a Bentley Continental GTC, either--it's the 2014 VW Golf R Cabriolet. While it's not headed to American dealers, it is headed to European outlets later this spring.
The Golf R Cabriolet is exactly like it sounds--it's a convertible version of the VW Golf R, which is in turn a hopped-up version of the GTI hatchback. The Golf R Cabriolet uses the automaker's 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4 (the EA113, for the VW fanatics at home) to produce 261 horsepower. Unlike the U.S.-market Golf R, however, the EU-market Golf R Cabriolet sends all that power and torque to the front wheels through a standard six-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission. Those wheels, by the way, are either 18- or 19-inch "Talladega" models finished in silver of a high-gloss black.
Elsewhere around the car, and from the beltline down, it's standard Golf R fare: up front there's an R-Line-exclusive grille and front diffuser featuring LED running lights and xenon headlights. The side-view mirror casings are gloss black, as are the brake calipers and the rear diffuser.
On the inside VW fit four sport seats with R-Line logos in the headrests. All of the other leather-trimmed pieces--steering wheel, handbrake handle, and gear lever--feature gray contrast stitching that matches the brushed-aluminum pedals and silver sill plates. The only major difference from the Golf or Golf R hatchbacks is the roof: it's an insulated soft-top that folds electronically in 9.5 seconds (while the car is at rest or moving up to 18 mph) and raises in 11 seconds.
The hatchback-vertible will cost $60,881 (38,770 GBP) when it goes on sale this spring.