The Worthersee car show in Austria has proved itself to be an important venue for almost all the marques under VW’s control. Audi debuted the A1 clubsport quattro at the show, Skoda did likewise with their Fabia vRS 2000 concept, and now Volkswagen has followed suit with the Golf R Cabriolet concept.
The Volkswagen Golf R Cabriolet concept is based on VW’s latest Golf Cabriolet, but with all the fixings to bring it up to ‘R’ spec. That means its got the same turbocharged 2.0 litre 4-cylinder engine putting out 265 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm, and the same 155 mph electronically limited top speed. The Golf R Cabriolet concept is a fraction slower to 62 mph (100 km/h) than its hardtop counterpart. But it still manages to get there in under six seconds.
Like the Golf R, the Golf R Cabriolet concept sits 25mm (1 inch) lower to the ground and has a chassis which is tuned for performance driving. Massive 17-inch diameter ventilated discs are grabbed by high-performance callipers emblazoned with the R-logo. The brakes only just manage to squeeze within the 19-inch 5-spoke alloy wheels.
Like the exterior, the interior of the Volkswagen Golf R Cabriolet concept has been given a sporty makeover. The hard shell motorsport inspired seats are trimmed in dark blue leather, combined with Nappa leather in a color VW is calling “Pure Gray”. Or as the rest of the world calls it, gray. Contrasting stitching and piping provides extra interest to the upholstery, while carbon fiber accents and aluminium door sill plates add to the sporty vibe.
While Volkswagen haven’t provided any direct hints as to whether the Golf R Cabriolet is being considered for a production run. The fact they’ve got the convertible bodystyle pre-engineered for the regular Golf convertible, and they’ve got all the mechanical goodies on hand from the Golf R, makes a production run seem more than doable if the guys at the top give it the green light.