Golf GTI Cabriolet to be announced in Geneva

About this time last year, I remember getting all excited after seeing the concept for the MK6 Golf Cabriolet. I read two articles about how it was “coming soon”; But, then there was radio silence for the better part of a year. Now, we are hearing rumors of the Cabriolet coming again. It seems that Volkswagen is planning on bringing a GTI Cabriolet concept this year to Geneva as a last hora for the MK6. Not much else is known as of now, so we will leave the speculation up to you.  We will, however, leave you with these awesome pics of what the MK6 GTI Cabriolet should look like.

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We Spoke Too Soon

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Looks like we spoke a little too soon, Volkswagen will be coming out with there very own 35th anniversary edition GTI. This present to the VW community will be presented at Wörthersee in Germany later this month. This special edition GTI will be upped to a total 235 horsepower on top of a special set of wheels, front bumper, and custom ’35’ badging. It’s nice and subtle but the VW enthusiast will definitely be able to tell the difference, unlike the Wunschel Sport version that sort-of beats you over the head with it. Their car is cool and all but I think people will prefer an official 35th anniversary edition over the Wunschel Sport.  Now we just need to wait to see if it will come to the U.S. Right now VW hasn’t said anything one way or the other, hopefully we will get our answer in a few weeks.

GTI Named Best Sporty Car

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For many, consumer reports is an authority on car buying and this year the Volkswagen GTI was named the best sporty car. They summarize the GTI as “exhilarating to drive and easy to live with” which is definitely true. Well, unless you start to mod it, but that happens with any car.  So congrats to Volkswagen for their GTI being named best sporty car by consumer reports.

Volkswagen GTi W12

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Ludicrous, it’s the only word you can use to describe the Volkswagen GTi W12. Watching re-runs of the BBC’s Top Gear I came across this insane concept car. Produced in just eight weeks, engineers at Volkswagen just threw together different parts from their super cars into a wider body GTi. The twin turbo 650 hp engine comes from a Bentley Continental, breaks from a Gallardo, and the frame is off a Audi R8. All this ads up to a 12 cylinder mid-engine GTi that will go from 0-60 in 3.6 seconds, ludicrous. A concept from 2007’s Worthesee, we’ll never see this beast come to production, but it’s still fun to watch the Volkswagen GTi W12 rip around a track.

GTI to return to Nurburgring

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Last week we talked about the 24 hours of Nurburing, and with the announcement that the GTI is going to return to the race this year, I’m even more excited. Volkswagen has decided to celebrate the the GTI’s 35th anaversary by having a brand new race spec GTI replace the Scirocco for this years race. The GTI is armed with a turbocharged 2.5-liter engine that puts out 434 horsepower and 398 pound-feet of torque. VW also decided to make this car all wheel drive and give it an seriously large spoiler to keep it as flat as possible through the 154 turns at the Nurburgring. The race starts June 23rd and hopefully the GTI’s return to the Nurburgring will bring victory for Volkswagen.

Volkswagen Golf R to USA in 2012

It’s looking like the Volkswagen Golf R will make its debut in the USA for 2012 as the long wait for its release comes to an end. Word has gone back and forth on this hatch’s release in the US, and it’s now official that in 2012 it will be available to the public. Ive always been a big fan of the R platforms as they provide a beefed up version of an already fantastic GTI hatchback.

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The Volkswagen Golf R will likely come sporting larger brakes, sportier suspension, and continue with the R-line’s 18″ wheel package and dual center exit exhaust system. In addition, the R will use Volkswagens Haldex 4Motion all-wheel-drive system to keep its wheels planted firmly on the road during tight cornering and sporty driving. Even better for most, it will come exclusively with a manual transmission. No more paddles!

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It looks like the battle between R branded Volkswagen’s and their AWD counterparts the Subaru WRX and Mitsubishi Lancer will continue for some time to come. A tuners ability to modify the R will likely keep it at the top of the street racers to-buy list. Coupled with its high 200 horsepower numbers and mid 200 torque numbers, even in its stock condition it will be one heck of a crotch rocket.

The New New Beetle

The 2012 New Beetle has been caught out testing without any camouflage.  This New New Beetle as some are calling it will be based off the VW MKVI platform and should be sporting a lot of the MKVI goodies.  It is rumored that the car will debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show next month but that is coming up quickly.  The real question to be answered is what engine will Volkswagen put in; will it be the 2.5L 5 cylinder, the 2.0L TDI or even possibly the 2.oL  TSI motor out of the GTIs?

Source: Autoblog