Want a new Volkswagen Golf GTI? You can order one up right now with two doors or four, manual or DSG, with or without the optional Performance Package. In other words, there's no shortage of choices, but European customers have even more to choose from. Like the Golf GTI Cabriolet, for example, which, although still based on the previous generation of the Golf platform, has just been updated.

The biggest change is under the hood, where Volkswagen is slotting in a more powerful version of its 2.0-liter turbo four. Where the previous version offered 210 horsepower (like the base GTI we get here), the new model upgrades as standard to the 220 hp we get only with Performance Package. The upgraded engine makes the GTI Cabriolet more potent than any drop-top Volkswagen offers on our side of the Atlantic, where the Eos is still available with 200 hp and the top-spec Beetle Convertible R-Line 2.0T packs 210 hp (and neither of those come with tartan seats).

Along with the power boost, VW has fitted standard adaptive dampers and a new set of 17-inch wheels (or available 18s). The Light & Sight package (including rain sensor, auto-dimming rearview mirror, illuminated footwells, and automatic running lights) that was previously an option now comes as standard, and the interior is further augmented with a new leather-trimmed multifunction steering wheel and red contrast stitching. There's an optional rear spoiler as well, and the soft top is now available in red (in addition to black or blue).

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Wolfsburg, 11 December 2015

Exclusive update of the Golf GTI Cabriolet can now be ordered
Sportier exterior, upgraded interior and new body colours for the dynamic convertible

The upgraded Golf GTI Cabriolet can be ordered from German Volkswagen dealers with immediate effect. The combination of GTI genes and open top not only promise impressive performance but also fresh air and nothing but sunshine. Prices for the Golf GTI Cabriolet start from 37,075 euros.

The new edition of the sporty convertible has exactly the same performance as the classic GTI model with 220 PS / 162 kW. In detail this means a two-litre turbocharged petrol direct injection engine equipped as standard with a stop/start system and a 6-speed dual clutch gearbox (DSG). This engine accelerates the Golf GTI Cabriolet from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.9 seconds.

Of course there is no lack of typical GTI features both inside and out. This includes the classic chequered seat covers (also optionally available: leather upholstery with red accents), the new multifunction leather steering wheel (including gear knob and hand brake lever in leather) and finally the accents set by eye-catching red decorative stitching.

The exterior comprises details such as the red surround radiator grille with its honeycomb structure, red painted brake callipers, new bumpers and side sill extensions, a new high gloss diffuser, striking "Brooklyn" 17-inch alloy wheels (also optionally 18-inch alloy wheels "Austin") wheel and the optional rear spoiler which underscores the convertible's sporty character.

Like all GTI models, the Cabriolet also has a sport chassis and an electronic differential lock (XDS) which additionally improves traction and handling properties. With immediate effect the standard equipment of the Golf GTI Cabriolet also includes Adaptive Chassis Control (DCC) and the equipment from the "Light & Sight Pack". The reason why the Golf GTI Cabriolet is also pleasantly quiet when the soft top is closed is due to the three-layered soft top which remains perfectly in place even at high speeds and provides maximum driving comfort even on long trips. Talking of roofs, Volkswagen has a new soft top colour on offer: with immediate effect the soft top is available in "Garnet Red" as well as in "Black" and "Deep Blue".


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