Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5

Only one engine is available on the Golf R Cabriolet and it is quite special. It is the same 261bhp four-cylinder 2.0-litre turbo engine that can be found in the Golf R hatchback and it makes the Golf R Cabriolet the fastest droptop VW has ever produced.

VW Golf R Cabriolet performance then is pretty decent. It can get from zero to 62mph in 6.4 seconds and then on to an electronically limited top speed of 155mph. Put that into context and the Golf R Cabriolet is only 0.6 of a second slower to 62mph than a standard Porsche Boxster from a standing start and almost a second quicker than the fastest Golf GTI Cabriolet.

With 350Nm of pulling power overtaking manoeuvres in the Golf R Cabriolet are easily completed. Squeeze the accelerator and you have plenty of power on tap right the way through the gears.

The VW Golf R Cabriolet is a front-wheel-drive car and with 261bhp going through the front wheels there is quite a bit of torque steer when you stab the accelerator pedal. A firm grip is needed on the steering wheel or the R could catch you out. The Golf R Cabriolet is nimble and agile on twisty B roads. The ride is 25mm lower than the standard sixth-generation Golf one which the R Cabriolet is based.

An optional system called Adaptive Chassis Control (ACC) that allows you to adjust the suspension between normal, comfort or sport settings is available. Feedback from the steering is very good. It is fairly well weighted giving the driver quite a lot of information when driving enthusiastically.