The Golf R Cabriolet when it goes on sale this spring will be the first convertible car in Volkswagen’s performance R range. With a 265 PS four-cylinder turbocharged 2.0-litre engine it will also be the fastest ever Golf Cabriolet to go into production. All that power is sent to the front wheels only via a six-speed DSG transmission and is enough to 62 mph from standing in just 6.4 seconds and on to an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph where law and conditions allow.
The R suspension is dropped 25mm compared to the standard Golf Cabriolet with the aim of keeping things under control while 18 or 19 inch Talladega design alloy wheels should also improve handling responses.
The visual design cues are subtle, in tune with the Golf’s more conservative image. A gloss black grill with R badge sits between LED daytime running lights and bi-xenon headlights. At the rear is a gloss black diffuser with chrome tipped tail pipes on either side. Other details include smoked LED tail lights, sill extensions and gloss black door mirror housings.
The convertible roof is the excellent standard specification which powers down in just 9.5 seconds at speeds up to 18 mph.
All this will come in at an eye watering £38,770 GBP on the road when it goes on sale, a full £8000 more than the 210 PS Golf Cabriolet GTI.