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Drop top Golf gets GTI treatment


SOUTH AFRICA is a country perfect for open-top motoring. Renowned for its natural beauty and stunning weather, you can be forgiven for wanting to drop the top of your cabriolet and head down the open road. Luckily, you can now do it with something rather sporty.

VOLKSWAGEN has introduced the Golf GTI Cabriolet to our local market, which is sure to entice those enthusiasts who enjoy the wind in their hair.

The Golf GTI Cabriolet is only available with a six-speed DSG transmission and is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine that delivers 280Nm of torque and an athletic 155kW of power. This translates into a 0-100km/h sprint of just 7.3 seconds and has a top speed of 235km/h. Its combined fuel consumption is a claimed 7.7 litres/100km with Co2 emissions of 180g/km. 

Although Volkswagen employs a fabric roof for the Golf GTI Cabriolet, the sporty four-seater is one of the quietest convertibles in its class. Its quiet ride is attributed to the sophisticated design of the roof, as well as special window and door seals. 

The top itself consists of a linkage, a roofliner, insulating filler layer throughout and exterior cover. The joining longitudinal seams of the exterior cover fabric (centre panel and two side sections) were designed to serve as a drip rail. 

Mounted between the longitudinal frames of the top linkage are a total of four roof cross bows and the so-called front-roof bow (the first large transverse element behind the windscreen frame). 

The cover opens in nine seconds and closes in eleven seconds.

The top is operated from a switch on the centre console. Opening and closing are even possible while driving, at speeds of up to 30 km/h. 

In order to make this sporty soft-top stand out, distinctive GTI features have been implemented, including the red-framed radiator grille with honeycomb structure and GTI badge, the front GTI bumper, a rear diffuser, chrome tailpipes, LED rear lights, side sill extensions and standard 18-inch “Detroit? alloy wheels.
Additionally, as in the hard-top GTI, the Cabriolet also features the XDS electronic differential lock as standard to improve traction and handling properties. XDS is a functional extension of the electronic differential lock (EDS) integrated into the ESP.
The Golf GTI Cabriolet will retail at R397 000, which include a 5-year/90 000km service plan and 3-year/120 000km warranty.

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