2013 VW Beetle Convertible
Volkswagen’s roofless Bug appears ahead of LA auto show reveal
Posted: 04 Oct 2012
Say, like, "hey braaaaa" to the Beetle convertible, which Volkwsagen's revealed ahead of its international debut at the LA Auto Show, California (one of its sales hotspots). And what hella-rad stuff can we expect from ‘Dub's hyphy rag-top (that's the last of the Californiaspeak. Promise)?
Headline news is that the roof opens in ten seconds and folds flat. There are seven engine options. You get the hatchback's multilink front and torsion bar rear suspension (unless you go for the range-topping 2.0 TSI model, which has a cleverer four-link setup). And it's being built in Mexico.
Other than, it's par for the Beetle course. The engine list includes a 103bhp 1.2-litre TSI petrol (available from launch, with a Bluemotion Technology version soon after), a 158bhp 1.4 TSI and 197bhp 2.0 TSI. There are two Diesels on offer, too- a 103bhp 1.6-litre TDI offered with optional Bluemotion Technology, and a 138bhp 2.0-litre TDI.
Worried about toppling over? The Cab's got an active rollover protection system with two extendable bits behind the rear seat backs. If you roll, they're activated via the airbag control unit and deploy in milliseconds, so you, your passengers and anyone in the back are protected.
There's no word on pricing yet, but as soon as we know, we'll tell you more. Now enjoy pictures of the wipe-down vinyl Calihumans posing next to Volkswagen's latest.
As we know from our various tests in new Beetles, this remains an unfeasibly popular car. You like it, TopGear.commers?