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27 July 2012

It’s the Volkswagen Beetle Turbo!

Herbie goes a bit bananas (sorry), gets the 2.0-litre GTI lump from the Golf

Vijay Pattni
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An unattributed aviation quote goes something like this: "Lots is good, more is better, and too much is just enough." Seems VW has supped from this well of inspiration, because at long last comes the Beetle variant you'll probably want.

Volkswagen has announced two new engine variants for its third generation Bug, one of which is a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol four-pot - as seen in the Golf GTI - that ramps up the power to a heady 197bhp. That equates to a 0-100kph time of 7.5 seconds, around half a second off the pace of its Golf GTI sibling.

You'll only be able to spec this engine with the ‘Sport' or ‘Turbo' trim levels, but you do get some nice 18in alloys, sports seats, parking sensors, gloss black door mirrors and climate control. ‘Turbo' adds special decals and 19in ‘Tornado' alloys. Nice.

The other engine up for grabs is the standard 2.0-litre TDI, producing 136bhp, good for a 0-100kph time of 9.5 seconds and top speed of 198kph. If you're concerned by such trivialities, it will return 24.48kpl and emit just 129g/km of CO2. Both are available with either a six-speed manual or the DSG twin-clutch auto.

Should you purchase this diesel, you might want to invest in another new option for the Beetle: a Fender sound pack. It's not agricultural by any means, but surely there's no sniffing at a 400W output with a subwoofer?

Tags: beetle, beetle turbo, volkswagen