VW joins CC fray

Volkswagen has moved one step nearer to a Golf coupé-cabriolet using the Concept C, unveiled today in Geneva. Formally it’s a design study, but actually it defines the dimensions, shape and appear of VW’s response to Peugeot and Renault’s folding tin-tops.

Whether it looks familiar, that’s because individuals muscular haunches and distinctive face were first proven around the Concept R at Frankfurt last fall. That vehicle would be a more extreme roadster, whereas this four-seater vehicle is nearer to the 2005 production vehicle.

Gone would be the gaping air intakes, prominent bonnet and flank creases, and also the mid-mounted 260bhp V6, substituted with a far more recognisable Golf grille and front bumper, plus VW’s 150bhp FSI engine between your front wheels.

VW describes the idea C as ‘semi-series-mature’ and also the production vehicle is going to be launched later in 2005 having a separate, non-Golf, name.

At 4410mm lengthy and 1810mm wide, it isn’t only bigger compared to Concept R, but larger than either French rival. VW is wishing for sophistication-leading cabin space and boot capacity in excess of 400 litres.The concept’s most fascinating feature may be the unique geometry from the folding roof, which are visible in more detail within our gallery. Unlike current coupé-cabriolets, that have a hinged C-pillar, VW’s new system slides glass sunroof panels and C-pillar right into a sandwich formation before they retract in to the boot.

Discussing the Golf-derived platform using the forthcoming Bora substitute should ensure excellent dynamics and ride. Expect fat loss close to 1400kg – 200kg within the hatch.


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