The Volkswagen Golf R Cabriolet will arrive in UK showrooms this spring, and it's the first ever R model with a folding roof.
Like the flagship Golf R hatch on which it’s based, the Golf R Cabriolet is powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine with a six-speed DSG gearbox. This gives the Golf R Cabriolet a total power output of 261bhp, which is 5bhp less than the hatch but 53bhp more than the Golf GTI Cabriolet.
A claimed 0-62mph time of 6.4 seconds makes it the fastest cabriolet Volkswagen has ever built, but is still 0.9 seconds down on the Golf R hatch, which can manage the sprint in just 5.5 seconds. This is due in part to the fact it does without the hatchback’s four-wheel-drive system. However, this also means that fuel economy is expected to be slightly better than the hatch’s 33.6mpg and 195g/km.
The Golf R Cabriolet gets aggressive front and rear bumpers, side skirts and 18-inch alloy wheels. Sports suspension means that it sits 25mm lower than the regular Golf Cabriolet, while there are also Xenon daytime running lights with gloss black surroundings to match the gloss black grille. At the rear, the chrome exhaust pipes are mounted centrally as on the Golf R and previous Golf R32 models, while the brake calipers are finished in the signature blue colour of R models.
The fabric roof takes 11 seconds to raise and can be operated while driving at speeds of up to 18mph. It takes 9.5 seconds to fold down, revealing a cabin that features leather upholstery with ‘R’ logo embroidery on the sports seats, as well as brushed aluminium pedals. In front of the leather-wrapped sports steering wheel and shift paddles, blue lighting around the dials continues the R theme.
The Golf R Cabriolet starts at £38,770, which is an extra £8,000 over the GTI Cabriolet with DSG transmission and £5,000 more than the Golf R hatch.