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2012 Volkswagen Eos - Click above for high-res image gallery

The trouble with hard-top convertibles - four-seat cabrios especially - is the added weight penalty. German automakers in particular have proven adept at counteracting the dynamic drawbacks that open-air flexibility brings, but sooner or later you're just going to need more power. And that's exactly what Volkswagen is doing with the Eos.

Often derided as a "hairdresser's car", the 2012 Eos has been treated to one of our favorite engines: the 2-liter turbocharged four-cylinder from the Golf GTI. This 208-horspower engine - available with either a six-speed manual or dual-clutch transmission - can now take the Eos from a full stop to highway pace in 7.8 seconds. Overseas buyers can also specify the 138-hp 2.0-liter diesel (with the same transmission choices). Volkswagen has also included Hill Start Assist standard on the 2012 Eos, along with Vienna leather upholstery, heated seats, 17-inch wheels and some sheetmetal enhancements that brings its look in line with the rest of the brand's small car lineup.

Details have only been announced for foreign markets, and we've included the Australian press release after the jump while we wait for confirmation from Volkswagen of America. In the meantime you can check out the high-res images in the gallery below.

Gallery: 2012 Volkswagen Eos

Volkswagen Eos updated with GTI engine, crisper looks originally appeared onAutoblog on Thu, 07 Oct 2010http://www.autoblog.com/2010/10/07/volkswagen-eos-updated-with-gti-engine-crisper-looks/
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