They could have stuck with the Golf GTI Edition 35, but they didn’t, as the Golf R has never looked better then it does without the roof on. Although it’s just a concept, everything about it looks just as road-ready as the model Kylie Minogue drives the commercials.
This isn’t one of those concepts that arrive at shows on a trailer either, as it's capable of a top speed of 250 km/h and can accelerate to 100 km/h in about six seconds. Not impressed? You should be, as that’s the fastest any convertible Golf has ever gone. Even more impressive, however, is the engine’s tremendous torque – 350 Newton meters from a low 2,500 rpm make this cabriolet an ideal cruiser.
Other changes over the regular rag-top include a suspension that’s been lowered by 25 mm, 17-inch brakes with blue painted high-performance brake calipers (including R-logo) and the 19-inch “Talladega” alloy wheels with size 235 tires.
“Naturally, the Golf R Cabriolet Concept also presents an especially sporty interior concept. Motorsport shell seats in dark blue carbon leather, combined with high-end Nappa leather in “Pure Grey”, set the tone here. The backs of the shell seats are painted in luxurious black piano paint. Upholstery piping and decorative seams provide for colour contrast. Carbon accents emphasize the concept’s technical-sporty character. The sand-blasted aluminum door sill plates with black piano paint inlays display finely crafted workmanship,” VW says about the interior of the concept.
Does all that sound familiar? It should, because most of it is pulled out of the Golf R hatchback. This, and the fact that VW went to the trouble of figuring how much hp this monster produces and what its top speed is makes us think a production version is coming. So what do you guys say: will you buy one if it’s priced at about €37,500?