While not the outright performance flagship of the Volkswagen Golf brand, the new Golf R Cabriolet is likely to be the most expensive.
Shown in concept at the annual Worthersee GTI meet in Austria earlier this year, Volkswagen has given the car the green light for production and is now previewing it in video ahead of a likely world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show in March.
Set to be the fastest open-top Golf ever, the R Cabrio is based off the regular Golf Cabrio but gains new bodywork, larger wheels and an up-rated 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder that will produce somewhere around 270 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. Mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission it should be able to hit 60 mph in around 6 seconds.
Interior upgrades will include fancy thickly-bolstered seats and a flat bottom steering wheel.
The Golf R Cabriolet will likely be the last current-generation Golf model to be announced, coming after the reveal of the seventh-generation 2014 Golf at the Paris Motor Show earlier this year.
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