What better way for Volkswagen Centre Singapore to introduce the rebirth of an icon, The Beetle, under a nostalgic setting in the National Museum of Singapore.
Andreas Mindt, exterior designer of VW, took centre stage by providing a brief summary of the Bug. Notable features include a widened track, shorter front overhang and stretched A pillar to endow it with a more purposeful stance.
The 1.2TSI engine churns out 105hp with 175nm from as low as 1,550rpm, yet retaining an impressive fuel output of 5.9l/100km. A 7-speed DSG gearbox comes as standard. Wide arrays of options are available for customers, including a panoramic sunroof and Fender sound system. Price starts from $132,300 with COE.
Similar to the original Beetle, the new car has an extra glovebox integrated in the dashboard and opens upward. Another classic feature: the optional auxiliary instruments above the selected audio/navigation system: oil temperature, clock with stopwatch function and boost pressure gauge. Also new: the steering wheels specially designed for the Beetle with optional painted accents in the spokes depending on the equipment line.
Despite being lower in profile compared to the predecessor, there is still plenty of room inside even for the tallest among us. Meanwhile, in the rear seating area, the longer roof section results in a distinctly larger feeling of space, and yes, two can fit in the back in total comfort. Only one thing remains, our acid test…