Volkswagen Golf R Cabriolet due in April

* VW to release R version of Golf Cabriolet * Expected to arrive in April 2013 * Will be front-wheel-drive only...

Volkswagen Golf R Cabriolet due in April

The Volkswagen Golf R Cabriolet is to be released in spring 2013, when it will become the fastest VW convertible yet.

The Golf R Cabriolet will be front-wheel-drive only, and will most likely offer the same engine as the Scirocco R. This means it will come with a 2.0-litre TSI petrol engine that develops 261bhp and gets to 62mph in around six seconds. It is expected to come with a DSG semi-automatic and a six-speed manual gearbox, and would have a limited top speed of 155mph.

Pricing is not yet confirmed, but it will sit at the top of the Golf range, and is likely to cost around 6000 more than the next most powerful Golf Cabriolet the GTI. This means it will cost around 35,000.

Volkswagen expects that the Golf R Cabriolet will be available in limited numbers only in the UK, and it will go on sale in April 2013. It will offer similar visual additions to the R hatchback, such as sports seats, carbonfibre trim and R badging.

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