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2013 Volkswagen Golf R Cabriolet revealed (video)

December 20, 2012

The new 2013 Volkswagen Golf R Cabriolet has been revealed in the company’s latest video release. This will be the most powerful drop-top Golf to ever enter showrooms, featuring the same running gear as the high performance Golf R hatch.

Like the normal Golf R hatch, the Cabriolet version is set to be powered by a 2.0-litre TFSI turbocharged four-cylinder engine. In the hatch it produces 199kW and 350Nm (in overseas markets), and 188kW and 330Nm in Australia. Being the only all-wheel drive Golf, the R is able to scoot off the line and cover 0-100km/h in 5.9 seconds.

As you can see in the video, the R Cabriolet features pretty much the same sort of bodykit and aggressive styling theme as the hatch. There’s a sporty front bumper bar with large intake vents, some side skirts, and a neatly finished off rear bumper bar and lower diffuser section. A set of R-exclusive 19-inch alloy wheels top it off.

Despite Australia’s excellent summer conditions, the Volkswagen Golf R Cabriolet isn’t part of the local arm’s future plans at this stage. It will hit international markets later in 2013 though. Click play below for a glimpse.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.