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More from Detroit: VW E-Bugster concept

E-Bugster. Not the sound of a Yorkshireman swearing, but
Volkswagen’s all-electric Beetle concept.

Unwrapped at the Detroit show, the E-Bugster is a chopped
two-seater that demonstrates, in the rather twee words of VW, that the new
Beetle is ‘more power, less flower’. Its A-pillars are nine centimetres shorter
than those of the new Beetle and raked back more steeply too, giving the Bug’ a
speedsterish profile.

The E-Bugster is a couple of centimetres wider than the
standard Beetle, with new front and rear bumpers sporting glitzy LED lights, a
new VW concept signature.

See more pictures of the E-Bugster concept

There’s a battery where the rear seats should be, serving up
85kWh of power to a electric motor. Despite its schportier profile, the
E-Bugster isn’t exactly searing in the pace department, taking eleven seconds
to reach 60mph. VW assures us it’ll manage at least 110 miles on a single
charge, but then again they haven’t seen the way we drive. Good thing, then,
that the E-Bugster can be fully recharged in just 35 minutes.

VW won’t say at this stage whether a production electric
Beetle is on the cards, but admits that the E-Bugster’s powertrain is
essentially identical to the upcoming electric Golf Blue-e-motion (no, really),
so the technology is certainly production-viable. The E-Bugster is also said to
hint at the design of the upcoming Beetle cabriolet, but don’t expect the
production convertible to be anything like as chopped as this concept.

Company bosses were, sadly, unable to confirm whether the
E-Bugster would be followed by the U-Git and O-Justsodoffnow concepts.

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