Posts Tagged: Volkswagen Beetle

CarFashion: Beetle Summer
By November 21, 2013 Read More →

CarFashion: Beetle Summer

The Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet is a perfect car for a sunny day. The new Cabriolet even comes with a traditional soft top giving it a perfect retro look. The Beetle looked a bit lonely, so Elina came to assist, and together they show what Beetle summer would look like.

Road Test: 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet
By August 26, 2013 Read More →

Road Test: 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet

The new Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet is a perfect retro car. It inevitably resembles the original Beetle Cabriolet from 1949, but still has modern design. The car looks great and is much sportier than the predecessor, the New Beetle Cabriolet. Compared to which, the Beetle Cabriolet is 152 mm (6.0 inches) longer and 84 mm (3.3 inches) wider. Car’s overall length is 4,278 mm (168.4 inches). The longer wheelbase has improved interior space and boot capacity. At the rear there is enough knee space also for an adult passenger. The cargo capacity has increased by 24 litres to 225 litres. The rear seat can now be folded down, thanks to a newly developed rollover protection system.

Volkswagen Beetle (1938-2003)
By March 30, 2013 Read More →

Volkswagen Beetle (1938-2003)

On June 22, 1934 the Reichsverband der Deutschen Automobilindustrie (RDA) (National Association of the German Automobile Industry) commissioned Ferdinand Porsche for a design of a new people’s car. In Ferdinand Porsche’s opinion, the people’s car, or volkswagen, should be a fully adequate and reliable automobile, although with a comparatively light construction style. It should offer room for four people, reach speeds of up to 100 km/h and be able to overcome gradients of 30 percent. The first prototype had an air-cooled, 700cc boxer engine producing 22,5 hp. The prototype featured an independent suspension with torsion bars and friction shock absorbers. Although there were no hydraulic brakes yet, the braking was boosted mechanically using a corresponding control lever in the cable brake system. More prototypes were built for testing and development purposes before the car was unveiled in 1938 with a 986cc engine. However, because of the war, the mass production of the Beetle didn’t start until 1945.

Volkswagen offers R-Line trim on 2014 Beetle Convertible
By March 8, 2013 Read More →

Volkswagen offers R-Line trim on 2014 Beetle Convertible

Volkswagen will offer the R-Line trim on Beetle Convertible for the U.S. market. The Beetle Convertible R-Line adds performance-inspired exterior and interior treatments. On the outside, the R-Line features unique 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels on lower-profile all-season tires. Paired with the Beetle Turbo’s sport-tuned suspension, the combination gives more dynamic driving characteristics. Additional enhancements include an R-Line badge on the front grille and Bi-Xenon headlights with LED DRLs.

2013 Volkswagen Beetle Turbo Convertible
By December 29, 2012 Read More →

2013 Volkswagen Beetle Turbo Convertible

The 2013 Beetle Convertible offers the different powertrain combinations. The sportiest Beetle Convertible is the Turbo version with the 2.0-litre, turbocharged dual-overhead-cam, 16-valve, direct-injection, four-cylinder engine, which makes 200 horsepower and 207 lb-ft of torque, delivered from just 1700 rpm.The Turbo is available either with DSG transmission or six-speed manual gearbox. DSG combines the comfort and ease-of-use of an automatic with the responsiveness and economy of a manual. The six-speed, transversely-mounted DSG unit features two wet clutches with hydraulic pressure regulation. One clutch controls the “odd” gears—first, third, fifth and reverse—while the other operates the even gears. Essentially it is two gearboxes in one. With the DSG transmission, the Turbo gets EPA-estimated fuel economy of 21 mpg city and 29 mpg highway. For the Turbo with the six-speed manual, the figures are 21 mpg city and 30 mpg highway.

The new Volkswagen Beetle Convertible
By October 16, 2012 Read More →

The new Volkswagen Beetle Convertible

Volkswagen unveiled the new Beetle Convertible, the third-generation of the iconic VW ragtop. Like its predecessors, the type 15 from 1949 and the 2003 New Beetle Convertible, the convertible offers combination of practicality and fun for four. In creating the latest version of the Beetle Convertible, Volkswagen has reinterpreted the Beetle Convertible’s timeless design with a sportier and more dynamic silhouette, just as it did with the latest Beetle coupe. The combination of a flatter roofline and a more upright windshield gives the car a shape that’s more closely aligned with the first generation of Beetle convertibles.

2012 Volkswagen Beetle Fender Edition
By June 4, 2012 Read More →

2012 Volkswagen Beetle Fender Edition

First seen as a concept car at the Frankfurt International Auto Show in 2011, the production version of the Beetle Fender Edition made its world debut at the Leipzig International Auto Show. Volkswagen’s iconic coupe is not only fitted with the outstanding premium Fender sound system, but also visually demonstrates its affiliation with the American musical icon. The Beetle Fender Edition will first go on sale in Europe and will be available in America in the fall of 2012.

JE Design tuning for VW Beetle
By February 16, 2012 Read More →

JE Design tuning for VW Beetle

JE Design has customized the chassis adjustment of the VW Beetle, in order to further underline the compromise between comfort and dynamism that was made in the factory. By installing suspension springs with a progressive characteristic, and a sporty spring constant, side tilting is significantly reduced, in comparison with the series model. The drive dynamics, directional stability, and steering precision of the “great-grandson Beetle”, could also be improved with the JE Design spring kit. Despite the lower suspension settings (lowering 30-35 millimeters), the series model shock absorber can continue to be used.

H&R Sport Springs for VW Beetle 200hp turbo
By January 19, 2012 Read More →

H&R Sport Springs for VW Beetle 200hp turbo

H&R has developed a new sport spring kit for the 200 horsepower, 2.0 turbo version of the new Volkswagen Beetle. The spring kit lowers the car approx. 30mm at front and 40mm at rear. The are also H&R TRAK+ wheel spacers available while the height adjustable coilover kit and a stabilizer-set are under development.

Volkswagen E-Bugster
By January 12, 2012 Read More →

Volkswagen E-Bugster

At the electric heart of the E-Bugster is an electric motor that makes 114 horsepower (85 kW) and 199 pound-feet of torque. A lithium-ion battery enables the car to go more than 100 miles in zero emissions driving. Stored under the trunk floor and the rear bench, the battery weighs 695 pounds. The battery is recharged via a plug interface located underneath the hood’s VW logo and can accommodate all three types of available chargers: Level 1 (120V), Level 2 (240V), and, where available, Level 3 (quick charge, 80 percent charge in 30 minutes). Holistically, Volkswagen calls the electric drive unit used in the E-Bugster “Blue-e-motion,” and it will be found in future products such as the Golf Blue-e-Motion.