In addition to a special-edition Audi A1 and Volkswagen GTI 35th Anniversary Edition, the Volkswagen Group has two more concepts debuting at this week’s tuner festival in Wörthersee, Austria. These high-performance convertibles will not go into series production, but they’re so cool that we wish they would.
To create the Golf R Cabriolet, engineers combined two of Volkswagen’s newest models: The high-performance Golf R and the sun-loving Golf Cabriolet. The result is a two-door convertible packing a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four engine with 270 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. Zero-to-62-mph sprints require less than six seconds and the car can reach 155 mph, making this the quickest “factory-issue” Golf convertible ever.
The concept car rides one inch lower than a stock Cabrio on sports suspension, features upgraded brakes with 17-inch front discs, and rolls on the same 19-inch “Talladega” wheels as the standard Golf R. The concept is visually almost identical to the Golf R, aping that car’s aggressive body kit, dual center-exit exhaust, and bucket seats with a combination of dark blue and gray Nappa leather.
Volkswagen’s sub-brand Škoda also displayed a go-fast convertible called the FabiavRS 2000 concept. The four-door, four-passenger convertible is loosely based on Škoda’s Fabia Super 2000 rally car and Fabia vRS hot hatchback. The steeply raked windshield leads into side glass that slopes toward the rear of the car. Massive flared wheel arches cover white rally-style wheels, the hood has subtle vents, and a sporty new lip adds aggression to the front fascia. Oh, and it’s bright green. Wild.
Sources: Volkswagen, Škoda