Previewed in near-identical concept form 18 months ago at the 2011 Worthersee tuner show (pictured), the Volkswagen Golf R Cabriolet is set to become the quickest and most powerful open-top Volkswagen in history.
Propelling the flagship all-wheel-drive convertible is the same 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo from the standard Golf R that produces 199kW and 350Nm (188kW/330Nm in Australia in its ‘hot-climate’ tune), helping it sprint from 0-100km/h in 6.0 seconds.
Appearing almost identical to its hardtop hot-hatch brother, the Golf R Cabriolet scores a sporty body kit with large front air intakes, black grille with R badge, smoked headlight and tail-light lenses, twin central tailpipes and 19-inch five-spoke Talladega alloy wheels.
Like the less powerful Golf GTI Cabriolet, the Golf R soft-top is no certainty to head down under.
Volkswagen Australia says the car is not part of its program planning, and is waiting on more details from head office in Germany before making any further decisions. Although seemingly unlikely, if it does get the green light for Australia, the Golf R Cabriolet will not arrive before 2014.
Volkswagen Australia currently offers only one Golf Cabriolet variant, the $36,990 118TSI model. The five-door Golf R hatch is priced from $49,990.