Topless Golf R, fast Beetle GSR


As we await the Mk7 Golf GTI later in the year Volkswagen has decided to keep our interest in fast Golfs awake with ... a two-wheel drive R Cabriolet based on the Mk6 platform.

265hp and the best part of £40K. Hm.
265hp and the best part of £40K. Hm.
Apart from a canvas roof and a hefty £38,770 pricetag you'll have 265hp to help blow away those nagging doubts about the wisdom of spending nearly £40K on an old ragtop Golf when a 306hp BMW 135i M Convertible starts at £35,625. DSG only is inevitable in this day and age and unlikely to prompt even the flicker of an eyebrow.

The fact it costs £8K more than the adequately rapid, also DSG-only, also front-driven 210hp 2.0-litre TSI Golf Cabriolet might though. Ditto the loss of four-wheel drive. It does run special R suspension, which is 25mm lower than standard, but not being based on the new Golf's MQB platform it's unlikely to get the trick active differential promised for the GTI.

Cabrio Golf R too macho? There's an alternative
Cabrio Golf R too macho? There's an alternative
Further signs of curious goings on in Wolfsburg - via the Chicago Auto Show (nor us) - have been confirmed with a limited run Beetle GSR. Though claimed to be designed "solely with dynamics in mind" there's a little more to it than that, the GSR name (Gelb-Schwarzer-Renner, or Yellow-Black-Racer if our GCSE German serves) reviving a classic badge and paint scheme applied to a limited run of 3,500 original Beetles built 40 years ago. Go on, guess how many of the new one they'll be making...

Claimed as now one of the most expensive and sought after classic Beetles, the 1303 S was, in its day, the fastest Volkswagen on sale. Somewhat optimistically VW boasts this new one will also become a collector's item and invites speculation to how values will hold in 2053. Check the PH classifieds in 40 years' time to see how that goes.

A future classic, promises VW
A future classic, promises VW
210hp is, at least, more than four times the 50hp of the original and, unlike the Golf R, there is the option of a manual or DSG. If the whole bumblebee thing isn't to your taste there's also a more subdued grey/black option too. Prices in Germany start at 30,300 euros, UK availability TBC.

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  • hornetrider 15 Jun 2013

    va1o said:
    Seems VW are admitting they messed up on the pricing for this! Its been slashed to a more reasonable £33,170 with immediate effect and the 6 people who ordered at the old price refunded the difference smile

    Far for from cheap still but much better value and a reasonable price for what you are getting

    http://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/new-cars/volkswa...
    Ie nobody bought them.

  • greggy50 15 Jun 2013

    Out of date golf for 33k utter bargain now...

  • Timbola 15 Jun 2013

    Another reminder why hatchbacks should not have their rooves chopped off and turned into cabrios.

    Barf.

  • va1o 15 Jun 2013

    Seems VW are admitting they messed up on the pricing for this! Its been slashed to a more reasonable £33,170 with immediate effect and the 6 people who ordered at the old price refunded the difference smile

    Far for from cheap still but much better value and a reasonable price for what you are getting

    http://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/new-cars/volkswa...

  • 8vFTW 13 Feb 2013

    DanielSan said:
    Itsallicanafford said:
    DanielSan said:
    STiG911 said:
    Next it'll be a Transporter Van Homage to the Splittie in a nice 'period retro' two-tone paint scheme.
    Urgh.
    And that'll be £65,000 biggrin
    ...£52k, that was the sticker price of a VW transporter camper that I saw in a showroom last week....£52,000.00


    Fifty two thousand pounds.....
    You know what's scary? There'll be more options that you can spec to increase that price...
    To be fair, the original VW vans were not exactly great value for money when they were new either.

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