Volkswagen GTI Cabriolet - 2012 Geneva Auto Show

By Editors on March 2, 2012 8:15 AM

Sharing numerous visual cues and all of the go-fast goodies with its hard-topped sibling, the new Volkswagen GTI Cabriolet makes its debut in Geneva. Sadly not destined for the U.S. market, latest iteration of the al fresco GTI is the most powerful producing Golf Cabriolet model ever, thanks to it 207 horse/2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that makes 206 lb-ft of torque. This turbocharged engine can be matched with either a standard six-speed manual transmission or optional six-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic. VW says the new GTI Cabriolet will sprint from 0-62 mph in 7.3 seconds with either gearbox - 0.4 tick slower to that mark than the GTI hatch - and top out at 147 mph with the manual transmission and 146 with the DSG.  A full sport suspension adds its own measure of GTI-spec dynamic enhancement to the handling and control function of this hot front-drive drop top, while an EDS electronic differential lock and XDS transverse differential lock help optimize power transfer to the road.

Highlights of the GTI Cabriolet's exterior revamp include a red-rimmed black honeycomb grille treatment, more assertive fascia with a deep honeycomb air dam and vertical fog lights, unique side-sill extensions, a distinctive rear diffuser framed by a pair of chrome exhaust outlets, smoked LED tail lights, 17-inch "Monza" alloy wheels and "GTI" badging on the nose and tail. Crowing the package is a full-power, fully-lined fabric soft top that can be raised/lowered in about 10 seconds while the car is traveling at speeds up to 18 mph. The package also includes automatically deploying rollover protection.

Inside, the new GTI Cabriolet features four individual seats covered in standard "Jacara" tartan-cloth upholstery or optional "Vienna" leather, a leather-wrapped GTI multifunction steering wheel and brushed stainless steel pedal caps, set off with black "Edge" accenting on the dash and doors plus black pillar and headliner trim.