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2012-11-29 12:29

RETRO DROP TOP RETURNS: Volkswagen's new Beetle Cabriolet makes for the perfect sun-seeking model.


2012 VW New Beetle SA launch

LOS ANGELES, California - Volkswagen expanded its new Beetle range with the debut of its third-generation cabriolet at the 2012 Los Angeles auto show.

The new Beetle Cabriolet is now larger, more powerful and sportier than its predecessor. Much like the standard version the cabriolet is longer, wider and lower than the outgoing model, making it more assertive and dynamic.

The Cabriolet can stow its fabric roof in 9.5 seconds or open it up to 50km/h.


When stowed, the roof folds behind the rear seats. The soft top can be raised in 11 seconds.

Klaus Bischoff, head of design for Volkswagen, said: “Retro is not our thing; we are always looking forward. The Beetle Cabriolet was designed to have a more powerful and masculine stance on the road. We have achieved this goal.”

At 4.2m, the new cabriolet is 152 mm longer than the standard version. The width has increased by 84 mm to 1.8m and the drop-top is now 29mm lower with a height of 1.4m.

There’s more rear space and 12mm more head-room.


In Europe, VW will offer the cabriolet with direct-injection four-cylinder turbo engines. The three TSI (petrol) engines produce 77kW, 118kW and 147kW, while the two TDI (diesel) engines develop 77kW and 103kW.  A 125kW five-cylinder MPI is on offer only in the US.

Either of these engines may be paired with VW's six or seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. Fuel consumption figures are a claimed 5.1 litres/100km (103kW TDI, manual gearbox), 7.6 litres/100km (147kW TSI manual) and 7.9 litres/100km (147kW TSI with DSG).

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Standard kit includes electronic stability control, brake assist and hill hold, rollover protection. VW's long list of optional equipment includes bi-xenons, keyless entry and start, ambient lighting, Fender sound system (400W), auto aircon, radio-navigation system with touchscreen and 18" or 19" alloy rims.


There are also three special edition model - 50's, 60's and 70's Editions.

The 50's Edition is painted in black, has 17" black alloy rims, chromed mirrors and a black soft top. The 60's Edition has black-blue leather seats, can be ordered in either Blue or White paint job colour with a black roof.

The 70's Edition can be ordered in either brown or grey metallic paint coupled with a beige roof and leather sport seats.

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