2013 Volkswagen Golf R Cabriolet First Drive Autoblog — Volkswagen Golf Cabrio

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The Golf VI’s Hurrah Is Pure Niche

as also invariably happens the twisty road went behind a massive Tonka carrying crushed, heavy This is not a great circumstance for a especially in such weather. In seconds the multi-layer cloth top was in a move you can make while at speeds up to 18 miles per hour. all was cozy and warmish in this opted-out Golf R Cabriolet with its heated sport full-on leather everywhere and R-logo’d carpets.

The rain and switched to perfect, clumpy, snow at around 800 feet up the coastal cliff face. was where the business case for now-outgoing-generation Golf R. with a price that would be in the of $37,000 in the US, starts to crumble. In order, I was in a southern French surrounded by scared French driving a fancy fru-fru shod with optional high-performance Dunlops (235/35 ZR There was great feathering of engine’s eager 258 pound-feet of that stays eager in Comfort mode, and with the lever of the six-speed dual-clutch in automatic Drive.

I swallowed my moxie and turned This was the right thing to do the Golf R Cabriolet unlike the Golf R hardtop is front-wheel-drive despite the higher sticker. or less, this is a fully roofless Golf R treatment atop the Euro-only Scirocco R And with the estimated 6.2 seconds it to get to 60 mph from a … stop, high-buck cabrio is nearly a second slower than the hatchback. And there’s less space. to boot.

To make this business work, one clearly has to put aside practical thought in that noggin and believe passionately in the and frivolous lifestyle provided by a that is nonetheless constructed Taken thusly, and with the of the tautly assembled cabrio unit and R interior, any customer in a sunny place without snow showers will be very happy.

On the second day of trip with Volkswagen, the stopped being life-threatening to resume my search for Golf curves. Playing with the chassis, switching between Normal and Sport modes, a good platform with brake-steer technology. That to minimize this front-driver’s to understeer through all these and also helps keep the trajectory straight while out of corners.

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I also had to accept the six-speed DSG as a necessary lump of the luxo life. Nothing would fit in here, or in any Golf, than the tried and true six-speed transmission. Despite craving it, my would never come The DSGs are far better units the Mercedes-Benz 7G family. for instance, but to squeeze this powertrain’s a manual is needed.

This TSI four-cylinder engine is one of the finest ever placed in a car. just plain always at the while being smooth it and convincingly quick. Choosing this setup and, the turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder in the Mini Cooper S Convertible. be difficult since both are satisfying drives, and they seem unduly tortured coupled to their respective gearboxes.

While, on the one hand, the Golf R aggressive optional 19-inch set is probably overkill, the team this last farewell for the Golf VI sadly decided to down the exhaust note the Golf R hatchback (booo, Now it just sounds pretty of pretty gnarly. Note that the twin exhausts the rear scuttle at either and are not bunched together in the center as on the hatch. They still good, though.

To summarize, Volkswagen has issued a in this fully loaded R Cabriolet trim with significant option in the book The car is resting on the good but old PQ35 not the new and better MQB platform of the new Golf Audi A3 et al. and is front-wheel-drive only of all-wheel-drive like the three-door R. And it costs a few suitcases extra of cash. It’s also a odd duck in that it’s added to the lineup in Europe the all-new Golf VII has already on sale.

Honestly, though, VW can do with the Golf in Europe the Golf VI is the most successful hatchback by far in Europe, even in the final year of production. At margins like this, a luxury.

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