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The first iteration of the Volkswagen Golf R Cabriolet is nearing the start of production with this prototype caught by CarAdvice’s spy photographers showing the car with full ‘R’ badging and no camouflage.

Coming off spy shots seen in June of a Volkswagen Golf R Cabriolet masquerading as an already released Golf Cabriolet, the latest images clearly show the Golf R for what it really is with model-correct badging on the front grille and rear-end, a new front bumper with LED daytime running lights, chunkier side skirts and a small rear lip spoiler.

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Other touches include bigger brakes with ‘R’-marked brake calipers, bigger wheels and the two oval exhaust tips finished in chrome rather than the standard round pipes seen on the recently released Golf GTI Cabriolet.

While development appears to be significantly far along, we would still expect to see the final production version of the soft-top Golf R continue the model’s long-standing tradition of having two centrally located exhausts rather than the current test car’s set-up.

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Regardless, the Golf R Cabriolet will see all four wheels get drive via a six-speed manual transmission or six-speed dual-clutch DSG gearbox, with power coming from its 199kW/350Nm 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine – 188kW/330Nm for ‘hot weather’ countries like Australia.

In somewhat odd timing, the sportiest Golf VI-based convertible will be released with the next-generation Golf VII on the horizon, due to be unveiled at next month’s 2012 Paris motor show.

  • Luke Brinsmead

    I thought the topless GTI was a bad idea, but this now takes the cake.

  • Daniel

    But aren’t they literally just about to bring out the new model?

  • Golfschwein

    If you want, VW can supply. No bad thing.

  • Legnab

    Ultimate girlie looking Q car , stealth bomber for blasting down B roads .

  • Taz

    yuck….why would they do such a thing with the Golf R…at least there is no S3 cabriolet. Glad that Audi has some common sense

  • Bingolee

    A3 cabriolet?

  • AvidF1fan

    i hate cars that aren’t designed from the ground up to be a drop top.. they usually look like.. this..

  • Jober As A Sudge

    I’m not a fan of drop tops (unless it’s an Aston). Big fan of the Golf R though this looks a bit too odd

  • Keejoonc

    What a crazy idea to to release a car like this. VW really likes to release a huge variety of ugly cars these days including the ugly new Beetle.