2013 Volkswagen GTI Convertible Revealed

GTI Convertible, front

tgriffith and I have been really banging on a few cars lately. He went after Kia earlier today, and on Monday I had a bit of fun at the expense of the Range Rover Evoque Convertible.

So I’m happy to show you a sharp convertible, not focused on style-conscious poseurs, but on those who like performance in the open air. And it does have style, just not layered on in slabs like the RREC.

This is the first convertible GTI to be offered in the car’s history, and it seems that VW got things right, mostly. The same engine powers both convertible and hatchback versions—a 2-liter inline 4-cylinder with 210 hp and 206 lb-ft of torque. This is sufficient to get you to 60 mph in 7.4 seconds in the convertible (0.4 seconds more than in the hatch). Some will say that isn’t fast enough.

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