Volkswagen will begin taking orders on the Golf R Cabriolet from March 2013, with first deliveries starting in April 2013. The soft-top Golf R marks the last hurrah for Golf Mk6 production, as the sharp new Mk7 Golf takes over the mantle.
What's under the bonnet of the 2013 Volkswagen Golf R?
Although the engine is shared with the Golf R hatchback, the drivetrain isn't. So you still get a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-pot, good for 265bhp and 258lb ft, but all-wheel drive has been binned.
The Golf R Cabriolet will be front wheel-drive only, like its Scirocco R coupe sister.
That'll keep the Golf R Cabriolet's weight closer to its soft-top GTI sister's total of 1555kg. In comparison, an all-wheel-drive Golf R hatch weighs in at 1521kg.
I bet this'll be a pricey Golf...
You're not wrong. VW hasn't yet revealed pricing for the Golf R Cabriolet, but CAR understands it will carry premium over a GTI Cabriolet, similar to a Golf R's over a GTI hard-top.
That's around £6000 extra, pitching the Golf R Cabriolet at around £36,000. It's comfortably the priciest production Golf yet.
Check out the video below to see VW pitch the Golf R Cabriolet against an aerobatics plane...
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