Street word has it that VW will debut the VW Golf GTI Cabriolet at the Geneva Motor Show.
A soft-top GTI debuted at the Worthersee tuning event in Austria last year – where it starred alongside an R Cabrio – and it’s rumoured that the new model will be a last hurrah for the MkVI Golf, which will be replaced in 2013.
It would be only the second time that a Golf GTI Cabriolet has been available – the last was the MkI version in the eighties.
While the GTI’s engine has been offered in the Golf Cabriolet and Eos hard-top for some time, a full GTI-spec car hasn’t been available. The move would allow UK customers to buy a ‘proper’ drop-top GTI, with the 208bhp 2.0-litre turbo matched to GTI-specific suspension (including optional Adaptive Chassis Control) and a GTI interior incorporating tartan seats. Six-speed manual and DSG gearboxes would feature, as would 17-inch alloys.