Volkswagen is making a drop top version of its Golf R, and the VW Golf R Cabriolet is previewed in a video posted online. The 1:44 clip shows the topless flagship Mk6 Golf in full attack mode on winding country roads, while “racing” with a plane. It looks like the hatch, with the same R add ons, but with a folding soft top.
There’s no accompanying info, but Autocar UK understands that the R will be based on the Mk6 Cabriolet (not a variation of the Mk7 Golf) and go on sale in spring next year. The mag adds that unlike the AWD Golf R hatch, the Cabriolet will be front-wheel driven.
The engine is likely to be the EA113 2.0 TSI unit from the FWD Scirocco R, which makes 255 PS and 330 Nm of torque in Malaysia, and goes from 0-100 km/h in six seconds. The DSG is the six-speed, wet clutch version.
VW first teased a soft top Golf R at the last year’s Worthersee tuning show. That concept had sports suspension and a 25 mm lower ride height than a standard Golf Cabrio. Essential R goodies like Talladega alloys and big brakes with blue calipers are present in the video above.
We’ve sampled both the Golf R and Scirocco R, so click here to read Anthony’s notes on the duo and view the pics.