2012 Volkswagen Golf GTI Cabriolet Appears Before Official Geneva Debut

By Trevor Dorchies | February 28, 2012
Volkswagen officially pulled the cover of the 2012 Golf GTI Cabriolet today in advance of its public debut at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. The latest Golf cabriolet is the fastest one to ever roll off the production line with some help from Volkswagen's Grand Touring Injection branch.   This is the first time in Volkswagen's history that a Golf cabriolet has been outfitted with GTI trimmings. The 2012 Golf GTI Cabriolet will come standard with many familiar GTI styling cues found both inside and out. The GTI's 2.0-liter TSI engine will pull the pop-top four-seater. Rated at 207 horsepower, it's hooked to your choice of a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed dual-clutch gearbox. The Golf GTI cabriolet's inner-workings enable a 0-60 mph time of 7.3 seconds. Safety features that come standard on the 2012 Volkswagen Golf GTI cabriolet include roll-over protection that automatically deploys when needed. Front and side airbags and a knee airbag on the driver's side have also been added.
The soft-top Golf GTI's interior is identical to its hard-top sibling, with a steeper windshield frame and a unique rear bench seat being the only two differences. As is customary with a cabriolet, the Golf's soft-top roof can be dropped down in 9.5 seconds and raised in 11 seconds. The roof can also be removed or put back up while driving at up to speeds of 19 mph. The Golf's sport front seats can be covered in your choice of "Jacky" tartan fabric or leather as an option. Other interior touches include brushed stainless steel pedals, a GTI shift lever, and a flat-bottom leather wrapped steering wheel adorned with a GTI emblem. The shift and parking brake levers as well as the steering wheel all have a red seam accent and the cloth convertible top and A-pillars come standard in black. Also standard on the 2012 Volkswagen Golf GTI cabriolet is automatic climate control and chrome surrounds for the light, window, and mirror controls. The Golf GTI cabriolet's exterior includes styling features like usual trademarks seen on other GTI models. Volkswagen's signature red-framed honeycomb grille and GTI badge adorn the front of the Golf convertible. A large honeycomb air intake can also be found below all of the aforementioned features above. The fog lights have been positioned horizontally while a new rear diffuser separates chrome tailpipes. As seen on the GTI hard-top variant smoked LED taillights, LED license plate lights, and side sill extensions also come standard on the 2012 Volkswagen Golf GTI cabriolet. Standard wheels include 17-inch "Denver" style alloy wheels wrapped in 225/45 tires. You can also opt for the 18-inch "Detroit" style alloy wheels that are outfitted with 225/40 tires. The 2012 Volkswagen Golf GTI cabriolet will be on display at the Geneva Motor Show for its entire duration. Volkswagen has said that the Golf GTI cabriolets will start arriving just in time for summer. Source: Volkswagen