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Golf R Goes Topless

Golf R Goes Topless

There are good cars and there are bad cars. There are slow cars and there are fast cars. Something for everyone in fact; but there is one car that, at one time or another, will be on every wish list and that is the Volkswagen Golf. Arguably, no other car has retained year on year popularity like this award winning German best seller. Something in the order of 29 million units have been built to date worldwide.

Through its various generations the Golf has been with us since 1974 and historically has been Volkswagen’s best seller and one of the most popular vehicles ever. Discerning buyers who want both good and fast can buy the legendary GTI but those seeking greater thrills may well choose the ultimate Golf, the R.

Descended from the V6 R32 that ceased production in 2008, the 2.0L turbocharged Golf R has a blistering 271bhp that offers great, useable power and driveability coupled with the safety of Volkswagen 4Motion four wheel drive system. It looks aggressive yet discreet eschewing the more flamboyant body kits featured on other brands. Now, available to order in the Spring, the company are offering the Golf R Cabriolet.

Like the hatchback this car has the bespoke ‘R’ suspension which lowers the ride height by a sporting 25mm. The same 2.0L engine is coupled to a standard six-speed DSG gearbox and is limited to 155mph which is probably fast enough. The Cabriolet is surprisingly a front-driver because the 4Motion system simply wouldn’t fit; not that open-top buyers will worry too much about that.

To differentiate this model from the others the R has a bespoke front bumper with a gloss black grill, a subtle R logo, special alloys and a body kit. Inside the well appointed interior four individual leather sports seats will cosset the occupants as the driver caresses the leather multi-function steering wheel.

An RCD 310 DAB radio is standard with a multi-device interface and the now regulation Bluetooth. The insulated hood is raised and lowered electrically via a centre console. In fact, the only snag with this car is the price. The Golf has always rightly been firmly ensconced at the premium end of the small hatchback sector but, with extras, the Golf R Cabriolet could be pushing a figure somewhere in the mid thirty thousands. That’s a lot of money and could dampen the ardour of some buyers.

Then again of course – it is a Golf.

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