Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet GTI (DSG) 2.0 Review
Topless Golfing

Story and Photos by Benjamin G. Kline
20 Oct 2013
 

Introduction

We all know what happens when you chop the roof off a car. You lose half the body stiffness and the chassis twists, moans and turns to jello with any hard driving. So what was Volkswagen thinking when they took their most iconic hot hatch and chopped the roof off?

Take a moment and imagine the sound of that awesome EA888’s burbling exhaust unhindered by a roof. Every ‘pop’ and ‘burble’ coming through with full volume with every shift. That was the inspiration behind the GTI cabriolet.

However, this isn’t the first time VW has taken the roof off the GTI though it was badged the GLI at the time. The MKI Golf cabriolet enjoyed much success during the decade that it was produced. Even now, a few fine examples can still be spotted driving around our local streets. 


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Engine

Engine Capacity 1984cc Turbocharged
Engine Type Inline 4
Bore x Stroke (82.5 x 92.8)mm
Power 210bhp @ 5300rpm
Torque 280Nm @ 1700rpm
Power to Weight 135 bhp per ton

Performance

Acceleration 7.3s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 235 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 13.0 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 6 -speed DSG
Drive Type FF
Steering Hydraulic

Measurements

Body Type Cabriolet
Dimension
(L x W x H)
(4,258 x 1,782 x 1,414) mm
Wheelbase 2,578 mm
Turning Circle 10.9 metres
Kerb Weight 1555 kg
Boot Capacity 250 L
Fuel Tank Capacity 55 L

Brakes

Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Discs