The 2013 Volkswagen Golf R Cabriolet. The Golf Goes Topless
Updated August 27, 2012
One of America’s favorite Volkswagen’s has gone under some drastic changes, in total secret, and now the news is out about the new look. For 2013 Volkswagen has once again made the Golf into a sporty new soft top cabriolet, and it looks pretty good too.
The 2013 Volkswagen Golf R Cabriolet, is a bit of a mouthful to say, especially when it comes to talking about a VW. We all know that Volkswagen names are normally, either short, & concise, or quick, and perky. This one takes the cake, but the looks of it, readily make up for the long name. So the VW Golf R is the base, and platform for this new soft top model, (Obviously) and we as true to form V-dub lovers can only hope that the engine platform hasn’t changed either. Well as far as that’s concerned there’s good news, and bad news. The Good News is, the engine is the same. The Bad News, is that the Golf R Cabriolet will not be sold in the US. That so sucks.
Well let’s continue shall we? The 2013 Volkswagen Golf R Cabriolet will remain almost untouched from the previous model. The 2.0L turbocharged, four (4) cylinder motor will continue to produce 260hp, & 242lb ft. of torque. The drive train in the 2013 Golf R Cabrio will have options this go around. There will be a FWD option, like in the Golf Gti, aka the MkVI, and there will and AWD option. The AWD option, funny enough will also have options. Volkswagen has let it be known that you can either drive with a standard six (6) speed manual gearbox, or pay a little extra, for a six (6) speed DSG, Dual Clutch automatic transmission. Personally either way the car will really have no choice but to fly, but the manual is THE better choice.
Body lines for the 2013 Golf R Cabriolet will be that of a typical VW. Smooth, and softly understated lines in various spots of the car will guide your eyes to where they need to be fixated to. The front fascia. Wide openings in the bumper continue to give this car a very aggressive look, and stance. The lower fascia of the car, looks like it borrowed cues from the CC, and it worked, swimmingly. Golf R badges were placed in subtle nondescript locations on the car, but non the less, they distinguish what VW any potential owner is looking at. A set of newly designed 18” wheels, will complete the overall package.
As it stands the 2013 Volkswagen Golf R Cabriolet is a test bed so to speak, and maybe that’s why it’s a European car only. If it was brought to the United States, there might be a bit of struggle to get respectable sales numbers out if. Especially with the fact that the US VW market already has the Eos driving around, but then again why not bring it over here? I mean the Mk4 Cabrio was a great little car, but it suffered from lack of power. This time around, you could literally have your cake, and eat it too. By simply owning an extremely torquey, maneuverable, Golf, that goes topless for the Summer, and for any car shows you take it to. Now that I really think about it, it should come to the US, and bring it’s sibling the Scirocco too.
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