Geneva 2011: Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet [Live Photos]
The German automaker says the Golf’s soft top opens in just 9.5 seconds, and it may even be opened while driving at speeds of up to 30 km/h. “When it is closed, this Volkswagen is one of the quietest convertibles – even when compared to steel folding roof models,” the company brags.
Safety wise, the new Golf Cabriolet comes with an automatically deploying roll-over bar, front airbags and side curtain head/thorax airbags, a knee airbag on the driver’s side and ESP are standard on all models.
In addition, the Golf Cabriolet provides ample interior space due to its soft top as well as a fully utilizable bootspace (250 litres) even with the top stowed.
In terms of performance, the vehicle comes fitted with a choice of six direct-injection turbocharged engines with a power range from 105 PS to 210 PS. Four of these units come mated to high-tech dual-clutch gearboxes (DSG).
There will be three petrol engines (TSI) and a diesel (TDI) with the energy-saving BlueMotion Technology modifications (battery regeneration and Stop/Start system).
“Just how efficiently the new Volkswagen handles its fuel is illustrated by the Golf Cabriolet 1.6 TDI with 105 diesel PS and BlueMotion Technologies; its combined fuel consumption is just 4.4 l/100 km (equivalent to 117 g/km CO2),” Volkswagen says in a statement for the press.
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