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Golf GTI (Cabriolet)

10 August 2016

When Volkswagen invited us to test drives the first soft top Golf GTI, we couldn’t help ourselves but say ‘Yes Please!” What’s better than enjoying the terrific performance on a Golf GTI?

Powered by a 2.0 litre TSI engine, the post powerful Golf cabriolet zero-100km sprint dispatched in just 7.3 seconds, while top speed is 235km/h. This contrasts with a combined fuel consumption of just 7.7L/100km and CO2 emissions of 180g/km.

It carries its typical GTI features; the radiator grille has a honeycomb structure with red edging and GTI badge, while the front bumper incorporates a honeycomb air dam and beady-eyed fog lights. Side sill extension help give the GTI a planted stance, while at the back you’ll find a bespoke rear diffuser framed by a chrome tailpipe on either side. Smoked LED tail lights and 18-inch ‘Detroit’alloy wheels to complete the look.

The soft top of the Golf Cabriolet with a basic construction already designed for high speeds, was adopted 1:1 for the GTI. This means that the roof can swing into position in only 9.0 seconds and it can operate at speeds of up to 30km.h.

GTI Cabriolet is equipped with some serious safety equipment. This includes an active roll-over protection system that rapidly deploys in fractions a second, a reinforced windscreen frame, ESP, airbags all rounds and a driver’s knee airbag. In addition, the convertible’s standard equipment includes an electronic transverse differential lock (XDS), which further improves vehicle dynamics and safety when accelerating through bends.

For a sporty convertible, comfort levels are high and quality is great, the GTI Cabriolet has much firmer ride than the standard car. It is still perfectly comfortable enough for ever day driving and is quiet enough when roof is closed.

It’s a car that’s just so easy, if you are after a fun and reasonable fast four seat convertible, look no further.

The Golf GTI Cabriolet is officially launched in Singapore on 22 June 2013 with its price at S$ 206,800 with COE