Remember the GTI Cabriolet concept that Volkswagen showed at last year’s Wörthersee festival in Austria? According to Auto Express, Volkswagen will introduce the drop-top GTI as a production model at the Geneva Motor Show in March.
The go-fast car is based on the Golf Cabriolet, which is not sold in the U.S., but with the 200-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter engine and six-speed manual or DSG dual-clutch transmissions from the GTI hatchback. The GTI cabriolet model will reportedly serve as a sort of swan song for the current, sixth-generation Golf, as the hatchback will be replaced in 2013 by the Golf VII.
In addition to the hot powertrain, Auto Express says the production GTI Cabriolet would receive upgrades like 17-inch wheels (as compared to 19-inch ones on the concept), sporty adaptive suspension, a more aggressive body kit, and special LED running lights. All those tweaks were heavily foreshadowed by the concept model that was shown at Wörthersee.
Volkswagen also is said to be considering selling the Golf R Cabrio, which would crib the 256-hp engine and 4Motion all-wheel-drive system from the Golf R. Such a model was also previewed as a concept at the Wörthersee festival last June.
Introducing either car would mark a big revival for Volkswagen — the company hasn’t offered a GTI convertible from the factory since the first-generation Golf/GTI was sold in the 1980s.
Source: Auto Express