Volkswagen opens order books for the 2013 Beetle Convertible

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 14, 2012

If getting noticed is what you’re after, then you’re in luck because Volkswagen has started to take orders for the latest generation of the Beetle Cabriolet. The Beetle convertible has a starting price of 21,350 euros for the 1.2 TSI with 77 kW/105hp. Volkswagen built a re-interpretation of its classic design. The sporty and dynamic silhouette is enhanced further with a standard rear spoiler painted in body color.

It boasts the best safety features, which include the standard rollover protection system. This goes up behind the rear head restraints to the top within milliseconds after a risk is detected. The new Beetle Cabriolet, a full four-seater, has a roomy and comfortable interior.

The 225-liter boot has a load-through, so that bigger items can be transported with the roof closed. For the Europe market, the convertible will be available exclusively with direct-injection turbocharged four-cylinder engines. The outputs of the three TSIs (gasoline) are 77 kW/105 hp, 118 kW/160 hp and 147 kW/200 hp. On the other hand, the two TDI (Diesel) could produce 77 kW/105 hp and 103 kW/140 hp.

The motors can be mated with an optional dual clutch transmission (six-or seven-speed DSG). The Beetle Cabriolet is available in several themes. It playfully makes use of the beetle-style elements of the 50s, 60s and 70s as well as modern design. The Beetle Cabriolet makes its public debut on November 28 at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The sporty R-Line includes a Coupe and a Convertible. It is also available with a package that features a set of 18-inch alloy wheels of the "Twister", R-styling and aluminum door sills as well as the R-Line logo to achieve a dynamic overall look.

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