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Volkswagen Performers: Golf R Cabriolet Rolls In, Beetle GSR Revealed Photo:
TMR Team | Feb, 08 2013 | 1 Comment

Volkswagen has given its new Golf R Cabriolet an official unveiling this week, while also announcing a new limited-edition performance flagship in the new Beetle range.

The brand-new Golf R hatch is due to debut at Geneva next month, but for now, the Golf R Cabriolet will join the current R hatch as a flagship in the existing line-up.

Entering above the plenty-hot GTI Cabrio, the topless R is powered not by the Golf R's Audi S3-shared engine, but rather by a more powerful tune of the GTI's 2.0 litre turbo.

The Cabrio's power is nearly a match for the European-market R hatch however, with the turbo-four churning out 195kW and 329Nm of torque. The engine is match to a six-speed DSG automatic.

Volkswagen says the Golf R Cabriolet will punch its way to 60mph (96km/h) in 6.4 seconds - around one second show of the slightly more powerful and torquier (and likely lighter) R hatch.

An Australian debut for the R Cabriolet has yet to be confirmed, although it is understood that the GTI Cabriolet, revealed in March last year, is still under consideration.

Volkswagen's all-new Golf R hatch, reportedly delivering as much as 215kW, is scheduled to debut internationally this month.


Volkswagen Beetle GSR

VW has also revealed a new limited-edition performance variant in the new Beetle range, entering as an homage to the sporty S version of 1973's Beetle 1303.

Production of that special S model was limited 3500 units, and Volkswagen says the same will apply with this new GSR Beetle.

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But, while the relatively lightweight 1303 S produced just 50 horsepower (37kW), the new GSR has been gifted with Volkswagen's familiar 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine.

Power here is rated at 155kW - as it is in the current Golf GTI hot hatch - making the GSR a new hero model above the existing 147 TSI variant offered overseas.

Volkswagen says the GSR will hit 100km/h in 7.3 seconds (not the swiftest Volkswagen available, but no slouch either), and fuel consumption is also rated at 7.3 l/100km.

The new Beetle range hits Australia this month, but it is unclear at this stage if the very-limited run GSR will join the local family.

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