Vw E-Bugster Speedster Concept previews the Beetle Convertible

Article by Christian A., on April 21, 2012

As we told you in this post, Volkswagen unveiled the E-Bugster Speedster, a concept that not only previews the convertible version of the Beetle but also a plug-in version of the same model. According to the German manufacturer, the car carries a central electric module with an innovative design that weighs just 80 kg.

The energy that powers the electric motor is stored in a lithium-ion battery whose modules are found behind the front seats. The battery’s energy capacity of 28.3 kWh and is able to offer a range of at least 180 km in the urban world. Thanks to Volkswagen’s quick charging function, the battery can be recharged within 35 minutes at suitable charging stations. At home, the battery of the E-Bugster can also be charged from a conventional electric outlet.

The electric motor delivers a total output of 85 kW or 114 hp, enough to propel the vehicle from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 10.8 seconds. Just how much energy the driver of the E-Bugster is requesting with the ‘electric pedal’ at any moment is shown in a power display.

The E-Bugster is fitted with an instrument that shows the driver the intensity of battery regeneration. The vehicle recovers energy using the braking system and as son as the driver’s foot leaves the accelerator pedal and/or brakes, kinetic energy is converted into electricity.

Regarding the design, the vehicle features a swept-back front end and a wide windscreen, but also a new set of LED headlights. Moreover, the car features a chrome strip of the lower window border towards the rear.

The design is completed by the 20-inch versions of the 18-inch Beetle ‘Twister’ wheels, wrapped in 235/35 R 20 tyres. The interior eeflects the high-tech equipment and dynamic performance seen at the exterior and features sport seats and a continuous centre tunnel in body colour as well as stylish steering wheel.

The Volkswagen E-Bugster is a Beetle that so encompasses the ultimate in dynamism, it’s actually more like a sports car. At less than 1,400 mm high, it’s approximately 90 mm less than the hard-top Beetle. The production model already has the powerful looks from its sharp, sculptured dimensions. The E-Bugster is 30 mm wider (1,838 mm) with the same production car length (4,278 mm).

E-Bugster expresses a singular energic style from all angles. New styling supplements the production model’s designs. The concept car stands on the road as if cast in a single piece. This is for the simple reason that the Beetle designers already planned all possible future model variations when they developed the production model for its October 2011 introduction. This is just part of how an E-motor speedster evolved to the VW E-Bugster.

Bugster front and rear

The eye-catching wide windscreen sweeps back from the front, with laterally extending glass reaching a point over the A-pillars. The E-Bugster, with its LED headlights, is also distinctive through the thoroughly tailored bumpers of the production Beetle. Designers combined the daytime running lights into the left and right of the central air intake as the LED lights banded into a C-shape that matched naturally on the right side.

After the e-up! concept car presentation in Europe, this type of running lights has featured on Volkswagen electric vehicles. This styling also comes modified as redesigned rear bumper reflectors. The E-Bugster’s rear windscreen confirms that a speedster’s rear window doesn’t have to have restricted visibility like the castle wall arrow slits; they can be really wide.

Topics: vw, speedster, concept

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