Volkswagen wants to reinvent the iconic Microbus and revealed today the Bulli Concept, ahead of the 2011 Geneva Motor Show which will open its doors tomorrow. What is really interesting is that the Bulli Concept is a full-electric car powered by an electric motor delivering 85 kW or 115 PS and 199 lb.-ft of torque or 260 Nm of torque.
The Bulli Concept accelerates from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 11.5 seconds and has a top speed of 87 mph or 140 km/h (electronically limited). The Bulli has a total range of up to 186.4 miles or 300 km.
Moreover, the concept can also incorporate extremely efficient gas and diesel direct injection engines as alternative drives. Regarding the dimensions, the new Bulli measures 3.99 m in length, 1.75 m in width and 1.70 m in height and has a total height of 1,450 kg.
As you can see from the photos, the concept has a has two-tone paint and a distinctive ‘V’ on the bonnet and its design is completed by the 18-inch alloy wheels with stylised chrome hubcaps, a tribute to the Samba bus.
Inside, the car has six seats: three on a front bench seat (which can be split and folded) and three on the rear bench. An iPad serves as a multifunctional touchscreen, while the gear level is replaced by a rotary switch to the right of the driver, which is used to select forward and reverse gears.