More GTI Love: Volkswagen Unveils GTI Cabrio Concept

/strong>We recently reported on the Volkswagen Golf R cabrio concept revealed at last week’s Wörthersee festival in Austria, but that wasn’t the only drop-top concept V-Dub dropped at the fanfest. The company also showed off a Golf GTI Cabrio concept, giving fans another reason to celebrate the GTI’s 35th anniversary.

Like the Golf R Cabrio concept, everything below the beltline of the GTI Cabrio is almost identical to its two-door hatchback counterpart. That means power comes from the turbocharged 2.0-liter I-4 engine rated at 208hp, and as a result VW claims the boosted cabriolet will hustle from 0 to 60 mph in less than seven seconds.

Unique touches include a “Firespark Metallic” paint job with piano black body kit accents, black-silver 19-inch “Glendale” wheels, red brake calipers, and a lowered ride height. Inside the seats are covered in Nappa leather with GTI logos etched in the headrests, while seat, door trim, steering wheel and hand brake seams receive contrast stitching.

Volkswagen chose to unveil the Cabrio concept at the festival to help celebrate a few anniversaries for the GTI. In addition to 2011 marking the 35th anniversary of the Golf GTI, it also marks the 30th anniversary of the Wortheseefest, which allows VW and Audi fans alike to celebrate their shared love for all things VW. Volkswagen also used the festival to roll out the GTI Edition 35, which, along with the requisite visual adornments, gets a boost in power (232 hp versus the stock 207 hp). The Edition 35 goes on sale in Germany later this month and there’s no official word if it will make it to the States.

Even more uncertain is a production version of the GTI cabrio concept. If Volkswagen does give it the green light, it likely won’t make it to our shores, seeing as the car it’s based on — the Golf Cabriolet — isn’t heading stateside.

Source: Volkswagen

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2011 Volkswagen GTI

2011 Volkswagen GTI

MSRP $25,395 2.0T (Auto) 4-Door Hatchback


21 City / 31 Hwy

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