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2012 Volkswagen Golf GTI Cabriolet

2012 Volkswagen Golf GTI Cabriolet

The first GTI Cabriolet in the history of the Golf is making its debut in Geneva. The GTI engine crowns the open-top four-seater with 155 kW / 208 hp of power, making it the most powerful Golf Cabriolet ever. GTI does not only mean more power, but also a sportier exterior and interior and precisely tuned running gear. The first Golf GTI Cabriolet models will be delivered just in time for the official arrival of summer. (continued below)

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2012 Volkswagen Golf GTI Cabriolet 2012 Volkswagen Golf GTI Cabriolet 2012 Volkswagen Golf GTI Cabriolet 2012 Volkswagen Golf GTI Cabriolet 2012 Volkswagen Golf GTI Cabriolet
2012 Volkswagen Golf GTI Cabriolet 2012 Volkswagen Golf GTI Cabriolet

Golf GTI Cabriolet Brings New Dynamics to the World of Open-Top Cars

Source: VW | Published: Thu Mar 01, 2012

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XDS is standard, DSG optional. At launch, customers can specify either a 6-speed manual gearbox or 6-speed DSG (dual clutch gearbox) version. Both gearboxes send the power of the turbocharged petrol direct-injection engine to the front axle. At a low 1,700 rpm, the engine develops a maximum torque of 207 lb-ft (280 Nm), which stays constant up to 5,300 rpm - its torque curve has an ideal plateau and is actually not curved at all. To convert engine power into incredible forward propulsion, the Cabriolet is not only equipped with electronic differential locks (EDS) in its ESP system; the GTI Cabriolet also has the XDS transverse differential lock as standard. Even in full accelerations out of bends, the XDS system - also integrated in ESP - ensures optimal grip and driving stability.

Exterior Design

The convertible exhibits typical visual trademarks of the GTI. On the exterior, they are the red framing at the top and bottom of the radiator grille with its honeycomb structure and GTI signature, the front GTI bumper with a large air inlet screen (also honeycomb) and the typical vertically arranged fog lights, a new rear diffuser and chrome tailpipes on the left and right under the rear bumper. Similar to the GTI with a 'permanent hard top', this GTI also has dark-red LED rear lights, LED license plate illumination and side sill extensions. The classic wheels on the GTI are the standard 17-inch 'Denver' type alloys with their five prominent openings, fitted with 225/45 tires. Showing the same styling, but with a machine-polished surface and contrasting black inner surfaces are optional 18-inch alloy wheels for the Golf GTI Cabriolet - known as 'Detroit' (tire size: 225/40).

GTI Interior Styling

The interior of the new Cabriolet matches that of the classic GTI (except for a more raked windscreen frame and special rear bench). It also has sport seats upholstered in the classic and timeless tartan fabric ('Jacky'), and leather seats ('Vienna') are available as an option. Integrated in the seats is a lumbar support, which is activated by a lever on the side of the seat. Naturally, this convertible also has pedals with brushed stainless steel caps, and a unique GTI gear shift lever in aluminum look; and of course a leather-trimmed steering wheel with grip recesses and a GTI emblem; and naturally the steering wheel, gear shift cover and leather trim of the parking brake lever have decorative red seams; and the interior lining of the soft top is black as are the trim covers of the roof pillars. All of these are typical GTI features. And so the decorative inlays in the doors and instrument panels are GTI-specific as well: in 'Black Stripe' - black, high-gloss accents in metallic look. Also standard: automatic climate control (Climatronic), chrome surrounds (e.g. around switches for the lights, electric windows, mirrors) and the RCD 210 radio-CD system.

2012 VW Golf GTI Cabrio, rear view.
2012 VW Golf GTI Cabrio, rear view.

Volkswagen Golf GTI Cabriolet: Review (2/2)

Key: AT - automatic transmission, MT - manual transmission, F/R/AWD - front/rear/all wheel drive
Type I4, Turbocharged
Displacement 121 cu in (1984 cc)
Power 208 hp / 155 kW
Torque 207 lb-ft / 280 Nm @ 1700-3500 rpm
Redline n/a
Driveline Front Wheel Drive
Transmission 6 Speed Manual (Std.)
  6 Speed Dual-Clutch Automatic (Opt.)
Brakes & Tires
Brakes Front - Rear Ventilated Discs - Ventilated Discs
Tire Size Front - Rear 225/45 R17 (Std.)
  225/40 R18 (Opt.)
Exterior Dimensions & Weight
Length n/a
Width n/a
Height n/a
Curb Weight n/a
0-60 mph / 0-100 km/h 7 s / 7.3 s
1/4 Mile n/a
60-0 mph Braking n/a
Top Speed 147 mph / 237 km/h
Fuel Economy
EPA Fuel Mileage - City/Highway n/a
NEDC Fuel Consumption - Combined 7.6 l/100 km
Origin & Price
Manufacturer's Origin Germany
Where Built Germany
Base Retail Price (MSRP) n/a

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