VW has launched the flagship GTI version of the Golf Cabrio range.
It makes us all nostalgic about that first generation Golf cabrio Injection – always painted white with a white roof and ready-fitted with a Wham! cassette (apologies to those under 30 who know neither Wham! nor cassettes).
VW is also feeling nostalgic about the car, saying it has, "all the classic design cues": the grille has a honeycomb structure with red edging and GTI badge, there is a deep air dam and, of course, tartan upholstery, with leather as an option for those not in thrall to 1981. The GTI theme is topped off with red stitching for the steering wheel, gear lever and handbrake.
Unlike the original, this one includes a fully automatic electric roof which lowers in 9.5 seconds and can be operated at speeds up to 18 mph. Just the thing for cruising down your local high street with the roof performing its gymnastics. Other modern features include automatically deploying rollover protection, front and side head/thorax airbags and a driver's knee airbag as standard.
The engine is the same 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine found in the GTI hatchback, mated to either a standard six-speed manual gearbox, or six-speed dual-clutch DSG gearbox. With 210 PS, the zero to 62 mph sprint takes 7.3 seconds while the top speed is 147 mph. Combined fuel consumption is 37.2 mpg, with CO2 emissions of 177 g/km.
Prices are £29,310 for the manual version and £30,610 for the DSG. If you do buy one, allow extra time for, "I remember the original" stories from parents, uncles and aunts on your next family visit.