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Volkswagen Golf GTI Cabriolet concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

There's no doubt about it. Summer is here, and Volkswagen has gone crazy with open-air motoring. The German auto giant rolled in to its 30th-annual hot-hatch festival at Lake Wörthersee in Austria with the Skoda Fabia RS 2000 roadster. Then it dropped the top on a Golf R Cabriolet concept. But just in case that wasn't enough, VW also brought out a second Golf GTI Cabriolet.

Like the Golf R Cabrio, the formula for the GTI Cabrio is simplicity itself: take one new Golf Cabrio and one GTI, mix 'em together and this is what you get: 207 turbocharged horsepower to redo your coif in the open air. Just for good measure, VW also outfitted the show car with a full body kit, dropped suspension and special 19-inch wheels. The Firespark Metallic paint is offset by the high-gloss black trim, a color combo continued into the cabin decked out in black leather – Wörthersee is, after all, in the Austrian province of Corinthia – with red and grey top-stitching.

Unfortunately, like the Golf R cabrio and the Skoda roadster, this is strictly a show car for the time being, but if enough fans demand it, the GTI Cabrio could become a reality. So which would you rather drive home from your local dealership? Check out the images in the high-res gallery, scope out the full press release after the jump, and cast your vote below.

Would you buy a turbocharged Golf convertible?
I'd pony up for the full 265-horsepower Golf R Cabrio! 1135 (25.3%)
The Golf R is expensive enough already. I'll take the GTI Cabrio! 798 (17.8%)
I prefer my hot hatches with roofs and, you know... actual hatchbacks 2554 (56.9%)

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GTI Meet at Wörthersee: Volkswagen presents first GTI Cabriolet Concept

Wolfsburg / Reifnitz, 03 June 2011 - Volkswagen has now presented the Golf GTI Cabriolet Concept in a world debut at Wörthersee – it is the first officially built open-top version of the icon. There are plenty of good reasons for introducing this extremely dynamic concept in 2011: this year, the Golf GTI celebrates its 35th anniversary, and the legendary GTI Meet at Wörthersee is taking place for the 30th time. 2011 is also the year of the new Golf Cabriolet. While the production Golf cabriolet can already be ordered, the Golf GTI Cabriolet Concept is still a concept. And what a concept!

Visually, the fire red "Firespark Metallic" open-top GTI shows independent ways: especially noteworthy here are the add-on parts designed in shiny black piano paint. The concept's styling focuses on extreme precision with lines that appear as if cut by a razor. The add-on parts themselves are on the one hand delicate and light, but at the same time sturdy and integrally designed. A look at the front and rear spoilers or the side sills designed in the style of splitters used in motorsport shows this impressively.

Visual highlights: the front fog lights of the GTI gave way to air guides for ventilating the high-performance brake system that is used in the cabriolet. In side profile, the open-top GTI's look is characterised by black-silver 19-inch "Glendale" alloy wheels with 235 tyres. They fill out the wheel housings completely, since the Golf's ride height was lowered with a coilover suspension. Another feature that stands out in side profile are the brake callipers painted "Tornado Red" with black GTI logos.

The concept car's interior was upgraded with "Black Stripe" pattern accents and Nappa leather seats with red GTI logos in the head restraints. The seams between the individual leather surfaces provide a sporty contrast; they are styled in "Flash Red" and "Crystal Grey". Two-tone door inserts were coordinated with the seat pattern. As on the interior door panels, fine red decorative seams also customise the leather-trimmed steering wheel and the trim of the gear shift and parking brake levers. This colour is repeated in the red borders of the black safety belts and the black-red piping of the floor mats. Classic effects are achieved by aluminium door sill plates with worked-in GTI logo. By the way, the cabriolet's driving performance – with its 155 kW / 210 PS GTI engine – fully matches that of the closed-top GTI – i.e. right around 240 km/h and seven seconds for the sprint to 100 km/h. A genuine GTI!

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      • 4 Years Ago
      IMO it looks better than the Golf R
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think there is a market for a GTI convertible in the US. The Eos is fussy and complicated, and not that good looking, really. The Golf's "simple" roof is better all the way around, and with a GTI package, is really hot looking. I'd say to VW, replace the Eos with the less expensive Golf and then make money on the GTI version.
      • 4 Years Ago
      LOL 207hp is pathetic.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This looks like a beautiful car! I suppose you would have to sell your first born to afford it, but all things considered, that might be a bargain!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      You can certainly see the Volkswagen quality with all that smoke coming out of the exhaust. Just the thing you want a cabrio for...cough....cough.
      Samantha Chiu
      • 4 Years Ago
      I also agree that there is a market for the Golf GTI Cabriolet in the United States. I drive a 2011 Golf GTI with the Autobahn package and love my car. The addition of the soft-top option would, in my opinion, only make this car more desirable. The fact again that it is less than an Eos is a nice little addition as well. I would love to see this car come to the US since we do have a lot of states and roadways that are excellent places to enjoy a convertible. Just look at the warm weather in the South and California. www.jimellisvolkswagen.com
      • 4 Years Ago
      2 words for a roof-less sportscar. DEATH TRAP.
      • 4 Years Ago
      When is the R and Polo coming state side? I want to race a Polo in the new SCCA B-spec class. Get it over here!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hopefully this thing is much larger than a minicooper inside. (Which I think it is). But the new mini will have 211hp and better mpg. I think it will also be in the same price range as this. I just don't see this selling. If you want something small and sporty, mini cooper. If you want something with more hp, you have a mustang. Weight, hp, and pricewise it just doesn't have a good mix. Both the mini and mustang have more hp and better hp/wt ratios. Both get equal or better mpg. Both are arguably going to be close to or cheaper than this.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks a little like a bathtub, doesn't do it for me
      Fat Stig
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why cant they ever make a concept that is a goal for production? They know for a FACT that a splitter and that suspension will not make production yet they add it anyways and it completely changes the look of the car. Its a freakin GTI, they already have the pieces needed to turn the golf cabrio into a GTI cabrio.
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