Volkswagen has unveiled the definitive production version of the 2012 Volkswagen GTI Cabriolet ahead of the live premiere at next week’s Geneva motor show. 2012 Volkswagen GTI Cabriolet will be powered by the same 207bhp 2.0-litre four-cylinder unit found in the hatchback, and it will also be available with VW’s DSG gearbox.

2012 Volkswagen GTI Cabriolet-frontside angle view
First shown in lightly veiled concept-car form last year in Austria, the 2012 Volkswagen GTI Cabriolet availability joins the existing three- and five-door hatchback versions of Volkswagen’s iconic compact performance car in an expanded, three-strong range of Volkswagen GTI models set for European sale later this year.

2012 Volkswagen GTI Cabriolet passenger seat design
The 2012 Volkswagen GTI Cabriolet will not be sold in North America. With the Eos set to be joined by the upcoming Beetle cabriolet, Volkswagen’s North American operations suggest the 2012 Volkswagen GTI Cabriolet will have sufficient market coverage to tempt prospective open-top buyers. 2012 Volkswagen GTI Cabriolet weighs around 180kg more than the hatch, so performance is slightly blunted – it’s around half a second slower over the 0-62mph sprint.

The new 2012 Volkswagen GTI Cabriolet carries the typical visual trademarks of the Volkswagen GTI that include red framing at the top and bottom of the radiator grille, a large air inlet screen, a new rear diffuser and chrome tailpipes on the left and right under the rear bumper. 2012 Volkswagen GTI Cabriolet also have the usual dark-red LED rear lights, LED license plate illumination and side sill extensions.

2012 Volkswagen GTI Cabriolet rearside angle view
The new 2012 Volkswagen GTI Cabriolet will be featuring a fabric top that is operated electro-hydraulically and takes just 9.5 seconds to open (and 11 seconds to close). Inside, you will had the pleasure of driving a standard Volkswagen GTI so you should know what to expect when it comes about the 2012 Volkswagen GTI Cabriolet interior version.

2012 Volkswagen GTI Cabriolet interior design
The 2012 Volkswagen GTI Cabriolet receives a raft of typical Volkswagen GTI touches, including checkered seat fabric, stainless-steel-caped pedals, reworked instruments and traditional red stitching for the steering wheel, gearlever cover and handbrake. 2012 Volkswagen GTI Cabriolet borrows the hatchback’s 2.0-liter turbo four that produces 210 hp and a peak torque of 280 Nm (206 lb-ft).

2012 Volkswagen GTI Cabriolet instrument panel
Power in the 2012 Volkswagen GTI Cabriolet is delivered to the front wheels via a six-speed manual or an optional DSG (dual clutch gearbox) double clutch transmission and tamed via an EDS & XDS electronic limited slip differential. Both 2012 Volkswagen GTI Cabriolet gearboxes send the power of the turbocharged petrol direct-injection engine to the front axle. The 2012 Volkswagen GTI Cabriolet 0-60 time needs 0.1 seconds more than the hatch to hit 100 km/h, it does this in 7.3 seconds.

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Competitors 2012 Volkswagen GTI Cabriolet

It’s probably won’t come as much of a surprise since the American never got a version of the Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet when it went on sale last year in Europe, but the 2012 Volkswagen GTI Cabriolet also is not coming to the USA market.

2012 Volkswagen GTI Cabriolet engine design
Meanwhile, finding a real competitor for the new 2012 Volkswagen GTI Cabriolet will be a little bit difficult because none of the competitors for the standard Volkswagen GTI do not offer a cabriolet version; these models includes: the Focus RS, the Mazda3 MPS or the Subaru WRX. Up until we can see a cabriolet model for one of these three models, the 2012 Volkswagen GTI Cabriolet can take a deep breath to relax.

 

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