Volkswagen Golf GTI Cabriolet To Debut

Volkswagen Golf GTI Cabriolet To Debut

2012 Geneva Auto Show


2012 Geneva Auto Show

Just the Facts:
  • The Volkswagen Golf GTI Cabriolet will make its world debut at the 2012 Geneva Auto Show, but it's a Europe-only model that is not coming to the U.S.
  • Volkswagen describes the GTI Cabriolet as the most powerful Golf convertible in history.
  • The four-passenger drop top is equipped with the 207-horsepower 2.0-liter TSI engine.

GENEVA — The Volkswagen Golf GTI Cabriolet will make its world debut at the 2012 Geneva Auto Show, but it's a Europe-only model and that is not coming to the U.S. It will go on sale this summer in Europe. Pricing was not announced.

"Sorry, no, it's not coming here," said Leigh Anne Sessions, a Volkswagen of America spokesperson in a phone conversation on Tuesday with Inside Line. "It's a Europe-only model."

Volkswagen describes the GTI Cabriolet as the most powerful Golf convertible in history.

The four-passenger drop top is equipped with a 207-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter TSI engine linked to either a six-speed manual or six-speed dual-clutch gearbox transmission. Volkswagen says it accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 7.3 seconds.

In what may be construed as an interesting bit of irony given where the car will be sold, the standard wheels are 17-inch "Denver"-style alloys, said Volkswagen in a statement. The car can also be equipped with optional 18-inch "Detroit"-style alloy wheels.

Exterior cues include a red-framed honeycomb grille and GTI badge and a new rear diffuser featuring chrome tailpipes. Details from the GTI coupe can also be found on the GTI cabriolet. They include smoked LED rear lights, LED license plate illumination and side sill extensions.

The cabin gets sport front seats in "Jacky" tartan fabric, brushed stainless-steel pedals, a unique GTI shift lever and a flat-bottom leather-wrapped steering wheel.

The GTI Cabriolet gets a power-operated cloth top.

Edmunds.com says: Disappointing that this GTI Cabriolet will not be seen on U.S. roads.

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