Thursday, 1 March 2012

VW Golf GTI Cabriolet

Performance. Cabriolet. These are two words that never used to sit comfortably together, as anyone who's ever driven a roofless Saab 900 Turbo or Ford Escort XR3i will tell you. But in recent years, of course, we've seen a raft of proper sports car that roll sans plafond; feeling the wind in your hair as you dominate an apex is an incomparable feeling when there's a decent chassis under you. (Obviously I'm not talking about roadsters and other cars that were designed from the off to be sporty cabriolets, but rather cars that were designed as hatchbacks, saloons or coup├ęs and had their roofs hacked off afterwards.)

Well, you wouldn't expect Volkswagen to steer you wrong, would you? So when you see the new Golf GTI Cabriolet, you know that it's every bit as good as the regular GTI - it just happens to be a cabriolet as well. It's got the same 207bhp 2.0-litre turbocharged engine, the same beefy alloys, the same red trim and tartan seats; it's also got a roof that retracts in 9.5s and automatically deploying rollover protection. Now we just need to wait for the R version...

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