The new Golf GTI Cabriolet will be shown next week at the Geneva Motor Show. It uses the same 154 kW 2.0-litre turbocharged four as the GTI hatchback, mated to a six-speed manual or six-speed dual-clutch DSG gearbox, enabling a 0-100 km/h (62 mph) time of 7.3 seconds (versus 6.9 seconds for the hatch), and a top speed of 237 km/h (147 mph).

The engine achieves maximum torque of 206 ft-lb (280 Nm) from 1,700 rpm to 5,300 rpm, at which point maximum horsepower is achieved, so the cabriolet is very strong on the open road. A standard EDS electronic differential lock and XDS transverse differential lock ensure the power hits the road.

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As with all Golf Cabriolet models, the GTI comes with automatically deploying rollover protection, front and side head/thorax airbags and a driver's knee airbag as standard

The GTi also has a five-star rating for adult occupancy in Euro NCAP crash tests.

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