The first exclusive details around the new 2013 Volkswagen Golf R Cabriolet has just been revealed. Based on a concept study, the new cabrio is the first-ever open-top R model and the fastest-ever production open-top Golf.
At its core is a four-cylinder 2.0-litre engine which generates up to 265 hp (195 kW). It is mated to a standard six-speed DSG gearbox which transmits power to the front wheels. The new car has an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph, and it needs only 6.4 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h.
Some of the prominent design cues here include a bespoke front bumper with gloss-black grille and ‘R’ logo, LED daytime running lights, bi-xenon headlights with black housings, gloss-black door mirror casings and black-painted brake callipers with R logo. In addition, the visual appearance of the car is completed thanks to the side sill extensions, a gloss black rear diffuser framed by chrome-tipped exhausts either side and smoked LED tail lights.
Furthermore, bespoke ‘R’ suspension lowers the ride by 25 mm. This Volkswagen runs on 18- or 19-inch ‘Talladega’ alloy wheels in either ‘Sterling Silver’ or optionally ‘High-gloss Black’.
In terms of interior, this Golf includes four individual sports seats in ‘Vienna Cool Leather’ and ‘R’ logos in the head restraints, while the leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel, handbrake grip and gear lever all have contrasting grey stitching.
In the coupe can be also seen pedals with brushed aluminium caps, while the doors and dashboard include ‘Silver Lane’ aluminium decorative inlays. As a standard is included RCD 310 DAB radio with MDI (multi-device interface) and Bluetooth telephone connectivity.
Being a true Golf Cabriolet, this model is equipped with fully electric insulated hood. The latter is operated by a switch in the centre console, and can be lowered in 9.5 seconds at speeds of up to 18 mph (and raised in 11.0 seconds).