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Comment on ... 2013 Volkswagen Golf R Convertible

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As a Golf MK3 Convertible Driver, I should scream "YAI!". Finally a new Golf Convertible. Finally available as a more sporty R version. But wait. The Price?
Huh, the Price. Sexy 43,325 Euros for a Car without a proper top? But a R-Badge. At least!

Available from Spring this Year the, for THIS price already built-in, 2.0 litre turbo TSI will produce up to 195 kW / 265 PS, limited at 250 km/h / 155 mph.

I mean, for a sprint from 0-100 km/h / 0-60 mph it takes 6.4 seconds, and it's already incluuuuded in the Prize! *Imagine now the Theatrical movement of a Face-lifted Teleshopping PRO Seller*

Just to mention what's also included, up from the Factory (!):
6-speed dual clutch gearbox (DSG) (wow, wow, wow!), electrohydraulically-operated soft top - 9 seconds to open, 11 to close - while driving up to 30 km/h / 19 mph (Amazing. No, really!), 18-inch alloy wheels (the REAL Target Group would chance them to 21+", but hey, they can afford the Car. So just one WOW.), 133.6 PS per litre displacement (Yummy!), Ride height is 25 mm lower (Shawty got low, low, low, low, ...) and a few more nice Things.

Okay. I think you got what I wanted to say, but I haven't dared myself yet ... But now, while having a look at my loyal Golf 3 Convertible, I just have say it:


I can't wait to know WHO the target group of this should be!

But now some space to built yourself an own opinion, the key aspects of the Golf R Cabriolet in alphabetical order:

The new Golf R Cabriolet - Facts summary

Assistance and vehicle dynamic systems (some optional): DCC adaptive chassis control; Light Assist main beam control; electronic stabilisation programme (including anti-lock braking system, Brake Assist, traction control, EDS, XDS, engine drag torque control, countersteer assist and trailer stabilisation); cruise control system including driver alert system; ParkPilot; Rear Assist; road sign recognition.

Character: The number one cabriolet among the R models!

Colours at market launch: “Pure White”, “Deep Black Pearl Effect”, “Reflex Silver Metallic”.

Dimensions: 4,266 mm long, 1,782 mm wide (without wing mirrors), 2,044 mm wide (with wing mirrors), 1,405 mm high, 2,578 mm wheelbase.

Drive type: Front-wheel drive.

Driving performance: 0-100 km/h in 6.4 s; V/max 250 km/h.

Equipment version: R.

Fuel economy and CO2 values: 8.2 l/100 km and 190 CO2 (77 kW).

Gearbox / drive type: Automatic 6-speed dual-clutch gearbox; front-wheel drive.

Infotainment: RCD 310 (standard) and RCD 510 radio-CD systems; Radio-CD navigation systems RNS 315 (navigation functionality for RCD 310) and RNS 510 (includes such features as DVD drive, 30-GB hard drive, SD card slot and road sign recognition; MEDIA-IN multimedia socket, CD changer, DAB+ digital radio reception, Dynaudio sound system, mobile telephone preparations.

Market launch in Germany: Spring 2013.

Max. engine power and torque:
195 kW / 265 PS at 6,000 rpm;
350 Nm from 2,500 to 5,000 rpm.

Price (Germany): 43,325 euros.

Running gear: MacPherson-type strut suspension at front; multi-link suspension at rear.

Maximum torque: 350 Nm.

Unladen weight:
1,614 kg (base versions including driver [68 kg], luggage [7 kg] and fuel tank filled to 90 %; calculated as per RL 92/21/EEC.


  1. For one, the price includes the 19% German VAT. That'll reduce the pre-tax price to 36.4k Euros. Secondly, cars in Europe are just more expensive than they are in the US. Probably partly due to Americans buying cars of lots and Europeans buying cars via brochures and online configurators. Were this to be sold in the US you should expect the US price of the hatch Golf R plus a few thousand tops.


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