Volkswagen opens order books for the 2013 Beetle Convertible

Article by Christian A., 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.

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.

Larger and grander than before, the new Beetle Cabriolet now features more dynamic proportions. This is well-told by the convertible’s longer and wider looks as well as by its flatter roof. Interestingly, it takes only around 9.5 seconds to deploy the soft top of the new Beetle Cabriolet up to vehicle speeds of 50 km/h, as done quietly by an electric motor. Once retracted, the soft top is kept compactly just behind rear seat – in a way that drivers won’t be obstructed when taking a look at the rear. Deploying the soft top takes around 11.0 seconds. The extra 1.5 seconds was actually needed to automatically lock the roof of the new Beetle Cabriolet to the windscreen frame.

Every new Beetle Cabriolet is designed and created to have a long service life – just like every convertibles in the series. Usually, the original cars are for a long time, until these vehicles reach classic status after a further period of time, and then attains vintage greatness. Now, around 565,000 Bettle convertibles are already on this path.

Although the Beetle Cabriolet has the unique appeal of the coupé both when the soft top is open and closed, it still features the timeless character of the original Beetle Cabriolet. This is thanks to the special styling of the convertible’s soft top, which – despite its modernity – takes us back to the time when all vehicles were provided with rag tops. Since this soft top could be retracted in just 9.5 seconds, enjoying the summer sun has never been this good. Once the soft top is deployed, the Beetle Cabriolet becomes a car that could tackle any season.

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