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 |  Mar 06 2012, 6:26 AM

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Volkswagen debuted its GTI Cabriolet today at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, giving the world its first look at the transformed car.

Little is really different with the convertible GTI, aside from the market appeal it will garner with the topless shenanigans.

It’s still powered by the same 2.0-liter turbo four cylinder that makes 210 hp and 206 lb-ft of torque, though with a 0.4-second slower 0-60 at 7.3 seconds.

During the presentation the company highlighted the honeycomb grille and other changes made to the most recent GTI, giving it more of an aggressive look.

A sharply-defined side line runs from the hood all the way to the tail lights, complimenting the car’s shape where the top folds away.

The car comes with 17-inch aluminum wheels standard, though 18-inch wheels as shown above are an option.

Really, the only difference between the popular hot-hatch and the new cabrio is just that — the open-air cruising capability. If nothing else it will serve to broaden appeal for the GTI and help Volkswagen move closer to its growth goals.

GALLERY: 2013 Volkswagen GTI Cabriolet

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GALLERY: 2013 Volkswagen GTI Cabriolet

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 |  Feb 29 2012, 7:19 AM

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Offering a more performance tuned alternative to the Eos, Volkswagen has just released the very first photos and details on a drop-top version of its popular GTI hot hatch.

Powered by the same turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder as found in the hatchback, the GTI Cabriolet makes 210 hp and 206 lb-ft of torque, enabling a 0-60 time of 7.3 seconds – 0.4 seconds slower than the hatchback. Available transmissions include a six-speed manual and a six-speed dual clutch DSG gearbox. Helping put that power to the ground is VW’s XDS electronic limited slip differential.

Equipped with a fabric roof, the electronically powered unit folds away in just 9.5 seconds and can be operated at speeds of up to 18 mph. To help maximize safety, the GTI Cabriolet comes equipped with automatically deploying rollover bars.

Like the hatch, the Cabriolet model gets a unique honeycomb grille, aero kit and fog lights, plus dual chrome tailpipes, smoked LED taillights and 17-inch Monza wheels.

The return of the convertible GTI marks the first time since the third generation model that this configuration has been offered. It’s not clear if VW will offer the GTI Cabriolet in North America.

Look for more on the GTI Cabriolet with AutoGuide’s Geneva Auto Show coverage starting March 6th, and see the complete show preview here.

GALLERY: 2013 VW GTI Cabriolet

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