On paper, the VW Golf R Cabriolet makes no sense. Shorn of the creamy V6 fitted to both previous Golf R32s, the latest Golf R hatchback’s appeal is dimmed but is still there through its use of a four-wheel drive chassis.
Which, in the Golf R Cabriolet, is lost. Yup, it’s front-wheel drive.
So, you’re left with, um, a faster, flashier Golf GTI. For £38,770? Sorry, I don’t get it.
Or, rather, I didn’t get it, until I read that VW is planning on bringing but 100 into the UK. Making this a super-low-volume indulgence. Now, I get it.
This, then, is a car for VW collectors. It doesn’t really matter what it’s like – and, by all accounts, the fastest open-top VW ever is pretty good, actually – it’s the sheer fact it’s going to be so rare that’s going to be the clincher.
You could buy a common old VW Golf GTI Cab, inflate the list price with a few options, and have something that’s perfectly good but, well, not quite as special as it could be.
Or you could accept the fact that these cars aren’t cheap and indulge in something that’s got future VW car show cult status written large all over it. Just imagine, in 20 years time, the kudos you’ll get for rolling up in a Golf R Cab. It’ll be like MkI Campaign idolization all over again.
Besides, cabriolets are hardly rational purchases, even less so the fast range-topping ones. Why not accept this and go for broke?