The New Beetle, Now Sportier!

BY Burnpavement

Prepare to see a very fast beetle scampering through the concrete jungle.

Volkswagen has unveiled a rather surprising new Beetle. While the previous generation Beetles appealed to hippies and ladies alike, the new one completely boasts masculinity from front to back. Can this finally be the men's Beetle?

Let us start with the design. Volkswagen claims that its Group Design Chief, Walter de Silva and Volkswagen Brand Design Chief, Klaus Bischoff had designed the new beetle around the lines of the original 1930s Beetle. As a result, the rear section of the new car is almost identical to the original, but with bolder lines with added dynamism.

Overall, the new Beetle is wider, lower and longer. The testosterone injection continues under the skin, with the new car featuring a wider track width and longer wheelbase. More un-beetle equipment can be specified, ranging from keyless entry through satellite navigation systems and a panoramic sunroof to bi-xenon headlights and LED daytime running lights — all of which are available for the first time on a Beetle.

The Beetle is slated to appear in the UK with engines ranging from a 1.2 TSI with 105 hp, 1.4 TSI 160 hp to a 2.0 TSI with 200 whopping horses. The 200 hp Beetle comes with a rear spoiler and a XDS electronic differential lock, which is also fitted to the Golf GTI. More sporty details include dual exhausts, performance-handling packages, 19-inch wheels and sport seats. On the safety front, the new car include ESP, six airbags as standard and a rigid laser-welded and galvanised body structure.

Will it come with an optional vase holder? We shall see. The new Beetle will begin to arrive in Asia from February 2012.