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.
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.