Volkswagen Beetle cabriolet revealed

Article Damion Smy
Nov 29, 2012

The new VW Beetle Cabriolet has been revealed at the LA Motor Show, with three retro-themed special editions celebrating the car’s release.

The new VW Beetle Cabriolet has been revealed at the LA Motor Show, with three retro-themed special editions celebrating the car's release. Each of the special editions pays homage to colour palettes of the past.

The first is the ’50s edition, which is painted in Monochrome Black with black 17-inch alloys and contrasting chrome mirrors. A choice of black or beige interior trim completes the look. The ’60s edition comes in either Denim Blue or Candy White, with a black roof and two-tone leather interior, while the ’70s version features beige leather upholstery, a matching beige roof with chrome mirrors and Java Brown metallic paint on the outside.

All three come with a 158bhp 1.4 TSI engine with a six-speed manual gearbox. Prices for the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s are £24,655, £25,875 and £25,450 respectively.

The regular model range offers a three-tier line-up. The entry-level Beetle priced from £18,150, with the mid-level Design starting from £22,415 and the flagship Sport available from £24,975.

Three petrol engines are available: a 104bhp 1.2-litre turbo petrol, a 158bhp 1.4-litre twin-charged petrol engine and a 197bhp 2.0-litre turbo petrol. There are two diesels, with a 105bhp 1.6-litre or a 197bhp 2.0-litre turbodiesel to choose from.

All will be offered with a choice of six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG transmissions, apart from the 1.6 TDI, which comes with a five-speed manual. It's also the most efficient, offering 55.4mpg and 134g/km of CO2.

The Beetle Cabriolet's cloth-top can be closed in just 9.5 seconds at speeds of up to 50km/h. The new Cabriolet is also longer and lower than the previous model, and offers more passenger and boot space.

You can order the Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet now, for deliveries in April.

To view the full Volkswagen range, visit the CarBuyer Volkswagen reviews page.

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